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The Edward Snowden Travel Agency

June 26th, 2013 - 1:26 am

On the most banal red-tape level, none of that makes sense. It’s not just that to effect a smooth departure from Hong Kong, or anyplace else overseen by China, you must present your (valid) passport. To board a plane to Russia, standard practice for a U.S. citizen is that you must either have a visa, or a connecting flight back out of Russia already booked. To get a visa requires first and foremost a valid passport, as well as an invitation from a host person or organization in Russia. To merely transit Sheremetyevo without a Russian visa requires a complete onward booking. In which case, one might suppose that the various governments involved, with all their staggering surveillance powers, might have some clue about Snowden’s itinerary.

Instead, we have an American fugitive, traveling on a revoked passport, who is apparently waved though emigration with no problem in Hong Kong, boards a plane to Russia with no visa and no confirmed onward flight, and then vanishes in the Sheremetyevo transit hall. Forget about finding Snowden. The real talent here lies elsewhere. I’d like to meet his travel agent.

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I think it is time for him to release something embarrassing on the Internet to change the narrative.
42 weeks ago
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This saga is being scripted in the White House. First they malign the guy's background (HS drop-out, pole-dancer GF), then they erase Hong Kong and replace it with China in all news stories (they are not the same; one has a population with a long experience with free speech and Western rule of law), then they start the "Russia" rumor going, then they charge him with espionage, then they move him to Russia so the AP can have a scary-sounding "DATELINE MOSCOW", then they start the Cuba story going. Gee, he must be a traitor! Then they start the "obviously the KGB-trained Putin squeezed secrets from him" story going. The whole thing is so transparently false. The US is orchestrating it. And I love the latest: "The US is shown to be weak by it's inability to grab Snowden." Yeah, right. As if the USG cares. They have they're spying network up and running on innocent Americans. They don't need to incarcerate Snowden. They just need him for script-writing purposes.
42 weeks ago
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Mr Snowden is currently undergoing plastic surgery at Moscow's famous Sliceski-Diceski Institute. When the surgery is complete Snowden will be an exact replica of John Kerry and will travel the world pronouncing the entire Snowden fiasco to be "deeply troubling."

The real John Kerry will travel the world pronouncing the creation of a second John Kerry as "deeply troubling."
42 weeks ago
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Airline employees during the 1960's at Hong Kong's Kai Tak airport used to have the slang expression, "Bag of cement" for any passenger boarded without proper documentation for their intended destination.

Yes, presumably that happens to this very day. Reasons will vary.

Upon being refused a "landing" at that destination, the delivering carrier was then required to fly that passenger [Pax] back to the point to departure, either on that same aircraft or the first available [firav] of another carrier, at the expense of the delivering carrier.

The fun begins when that Pax doesn't have valid documentation to go back where he came from. That can happen. Reasons will vary.

Where can we ship this Guy? Increasingly irate messages are flung back and forth.

Aiiyyyiiieeeeaaahhhh!

So, I'm hugely enjoying this tragi-comedy vicariously. Glad I'm not responsible.

More popcorn, please.





42 weeks ago
42 weeks ago Link To Comment
Thanks, Claudia Rosett, for mentioning Evelyn Waugh's satire.

Withering.

Hilarious.

May I suggest his, "Put Out More Flags." ? Reasons will vary.
42 weeks ago
42 weeks ago Link To Comment
Snowden's high IQ got him in the door of these huge bureacracies. His droll personality sealed the deal with the people who run these programs. I cannot imagine him surviving on his wit or charm in socialist,macho, 3rd world Ecuador. This is like watching a train wreck.
42 weeks ago
42 weeks ago Link To Comment
WAS HE EVER IN HONG KONG TO BEGIN WITH? More "smoke and mirrors" to keep media attention from something really important going down somewhere else!! Is he in Maurice Strong's compound in Bejing (or somewhere else in the world on old Mo's dime)? Too many unanswered questions here!
42 weeks ago
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How long has he been in the transit hall of Sheremetyevo now? Do they have showers? How many changes of clothes does he have?
42 weeks ago
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