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Journalists Tracking Edward Snowden Tricked Into Flying To Cuba

Since NSA leaker Edward Snowden apparently left Hong Kong, journalists have been trying to track his whereabouts. He supposedly flew to Moscow, Russia (though no reporter saw him there) and Russian state media reported that he would be flying to Cuba, before moving on to Venezuela and likely Ecuador.

A slew of reporters, believing the Russian media report, booked tickets on the Aeroflot flight to Havana. When they boarded, it became clear that Snowden was not going to be joining them. ABC News Moscow correspondent Kirit Radia indicates that Russian authorities definitely wanted to give the appearance of something big:

To make matters worse, the 11 hour flight does not include alcohol service.

As Gawker notes, however, some reporters were able to take pictures of Snowden’s empty seat. Now journalists across the globe are scrambling to figure out where he is, and where he is going.

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