Snowden Not Seen On Moscow-To-Havana Flight

Category: Daily Promo / Jun 24, 2013 10:32AM EDT

Reports that former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden would fly to Cuba were put in doubt on Monday (June 24) when witnesses could not see him on the plane, despite heightened security before take-off.

A photograph showing an empty seat on a flight from Moscow's airport due to fly to Havana was believed to have been reserved by Snowden.

According to several sources, the 29-year-old flew to Moscow as a transit stop before heading elsewhere.

Russia has so far defied White House pressure to expel Snowden to the United States before he flees Moscow on the next stop of his globe-crossing escape from U.S. prosecution.

Snowden, whose exposure of secret U.S. government surveillance raised questions about intrusions into private lives, was allowed to leave Hong Kong on Sunday (June 23) after Washington asked the Chinese territory to arrest him on espionage charges.

Ecuador, which has sheltered the founder of the WikiLeaks anti-secrecy organization, Julian Assange, said it was considering Snowden's request for asylum.

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