Remember that Tom Hanks movie where, due to a bureaucratic loophole, a man languishes in legal limbo in an airport terminal? Combine that with some Bond-level espionage and globe-trekking, and you’ll end up with Edward Snowden’s latest update. According to Vladimir Putin, the NSA-leaker is currently floating around in Moscow’s international airport as a “transit passenger.”
According to The Telegraph:
He [Putin] dismissed US accusations against Russia over the case as “rubbish.”
“Our special services have never worked with Mr Snowden and are not working with him now,” he said. “Mr Snowden really did arrive in Moscow. For us it was completely unexpected.
“He came as a transit passenger and he does not need a visa or other document. As a transit passenger, he has the right to buy a ticket and fly where he wants.
“He is not crossing any borders so he doesn’t need a visa.”
Regarding his handover to American authorities, he said that they would only do so to state “with which we have corresponding international agreements”. Russia and the US have no such agreement.
It is unclear if Snowden has yet kindled a quirky-yet-wholesome PG-13 romance with Catherine Zeta Jones.