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7.10.13 … Snowden’s “last chance”: Anna Chapman or Chavez? …

Edward Snowden:  How did I miss this …

“Pushkov joked that if Snowden does not find shelter in Venezuela, “he will have to stay and marry Anna Chapman,” the redheaded Russian spy who was among 10 sleeper agents deported from the United States in 2010. The 31-year-old Chapman proposed to Snowden (who just turned 30) on Twitter last week.”

And he’s considering going to Venezuela? Hmmm. Chavez? Chapman? Which to choose?”

Pushkov’s comments appeared to indicate that the Kremlin is now anxious to be rid of the former National Security Agency systems analyst, whom the U.S. wants returned to face espionage charges.

Pushkov joked that if Snowden does not find shelter in Venezuela, “he will have to stay and marry Anna Chapman,” the redheaded Russian spy who was among 10 sleeper agents deported from the United States in 2010. The 31-year-old Chapman proposed to Snowden (who just turned 30) on Twitter last week.

Meanwhile, Gen. Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the disclosures about U.S. surveillance programs have undermined America’s relationships with other countries and affected what he calls “the importance of trust.”

In an interview broadcast Sunday, Gen. Dempsey told CNN’s “State of the Union” that the U.S. will “work our way back. But it has set us back temporarily.”

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Brazil’s foreign minister Antonio Patriota said his government is “seriously concerned” by a newspaper report that the United States has collected data on millions of telephone and email conversations in his country. He has asked for clarification by way of the Brazilian ambassador in Washington and the U.S. ambassador in Brasilia.

He also said Sunday that Brazil will propose measures at the United Nations to create norms for protecting citizens around the world.

U.S. officials had no immediate response.

Pushkov’s comments appeared to indicate that the Kremlin is now anxious to be rid of the former National Security Agency systems analyst, whom the U.S. wants returned to face espionage charges.

Pushkov joked that if Snowden does not find shelter in Venezuela, “he will have to stay and marry Anna Chapman,” the redheaded Russian spy who was among 10 sleeper agents deported from the United States in 2010. The 31-year-old Chapman proposed to Snowden (who just turned 30) on Twitter last week.

Meanwhile, Gen. Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the disclosures about U.S. surveillance programs have undermined America’s relationships with other countries and affected what he calls “the importance of trust.”

via Russian official: Venezuela is Snowden’s “last chance” – CBS News.

Private Jet

The alternative to the Aeroflot flight to Havana would be a private jet provided by a Latin American government or a wealthy Snowden supporter. Even then, avoiding a route over U.S. allies wouldn’t be easy.

Allen Thomson, a former Central Intelligence Agency analyst, outlined a theoretical route for Foreign Policy magazine: “Fly north to the Barents Sea, thence over to and through the Denmark Strait. Continue south, steering clear of Newfoundland until getting to the east of the Windward Islands. Fly through some convenient gap between islands and continue on to Caracas.”

Thomson pegged the distance of such a trip at 11,000 kilometers, or about 6,800 miles.

A private jet such as a Gulfstream V would probably be able to make the trip without refueling, said John Silcott, executive vice president of Expert Aviation Consulting, which assists attorneys in aviation lawsuits.

WikiLeaks Help

WikiLeaks, the anti-secrecy group that has backed Snowden, had a chartered airplane on stand-by to carry him from Hong Kong to Moscow, although he ended up taking a regular Aeroflot flight. The organization, which is running short of cash, “currently” has no plans to fly Snowden out of Moscow, Olafur Vignir Sigurvinsson, an Iceland-based WikiLeaks representative, said by phone this week.

Venezuela, already courting U.S. retaliation if it takes Snowden in, may not be willing to provide a flight as well, said Moya-Ocampos, the IHS risk analyst who served as chief secretary for that country’s attorney general in 2000.

“Are they willing to have a private jet and arrange some secret route?” he said. “I’m not sure. The U.S. has already warned there will be consequences.”

Chartering a long-range jet aircraft traveling from Moscow to Caracas would cost at least $134,490, according to an estimate on PrivateFly, a jet booking website.

“It’s all about the money,” Silcott said. “If the price is right, I think he could probably find someone or some company to do it.”

via Snowden Asylum Bid Leaves a Quandary on Getting There – Bloomberg.


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