USA Today — But really Snowden would be spoiled for choice, with Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Mongolia and Burma among the options of places with nonstop flights from Hong Kong and many remote corners to get lost.
Snowden could also head to mainland China, especially if he used his time in Hong Kong to sort out a visa before he went public. The visa would have cost him as much as a plane ticket to a place like Taipei or Manila but he could avoid flying and travel by bus, train or ferry. It might, however, be a difficult place for him to stay out of the limelight as Beijing would almost certainly take note of his entry and keep a close eye on him. Hotels across the country are required to report to police on every foreign guest.
Or he could head north to Russia, also served from Hong Kong. Media reports there on Tuesday quoted President Vladimir Putin’s press secretary saying Snowden would be considered for asylum. “If we receive such a request, we will consider it,” said Dmitry Peskov.
Give it up spooks. Your gig is blown, doesn’t matter if Snowden drops dead today. Greenwald has the emails and whatever documents and is probably working to connect the dots in his precise, careful manner right this moment. He’ll probably be nominated for a Pulitzer and he might even win one.
One more thing to spook CEOs: if you trust tons of young guys like Snowden with that level of access, why should we trust you?