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It’s a global game of hide and seek for admitted NSA leaker Edward Snowden, who is trying to outrun and outsmart U.S. authorities and is stirring up international tensions along the way.
The 30-year-old former government contractor, who has been charged with espionage, left Hong Kong on Sunday for Russia’s Sheremetyevo International Airport. His whereabouts are unknown.
Snowden had been lying low in Hong Kong since his interview with The Guardian, in which he admittedly revealed the existence of secret National Security Agency surveillance programs.
Hong Kong allowed him to leave for Moscow, despite a U.S. request for extradition. Snowden was said to be heading for Cuba on Monday, but it is unclear whether or not be boarded a flight.
He is currently seeking asylum in several countries, including Ecuador and Iceland, and the U.S. is reaching out to a number of countries for help in trying to catch him and prosecute him.
Tonight at 6 p.m. ET, Wolf Blitzer anchors a special report, “The Situation Room: NSA Leaker on the Run.” CNN correspondents are around the world covering the manhunt and the diplomatic tug of war over his fate, including Barbara Starr at the Pentagon, Jill Dougherty at the State Department, Paula Newton in Ecuador, David McKenzie in Beijing and Jessica Yellin at the White House.
We’ll also bring you CNN’s Elise Labott interview with Secretary of State John Kerry on U.S efforts to bring Snowden back to the United States, and CNN’s Christiana Amanpour, Fareed Zakaria, Tom Fuentes and Jeffrey Toobin join Wolf for full analysis.
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The admitted leaker of big National Security Agency secrets has sparked debate – is Edward Snowden a traitor or a hero? The 29-year-old revealed on Sunday that he was the source of leaks detailing top-secret NSA surveillance programs.
Today in the 6 p.m. ET hour of “The Situation Room,” Wolf Blitzer takes an in-depth look at his journey, the secrets he leaked and his possible punishment.
Snowden, a former CIA employee, was most recently working for Booz Allen Hamilton as an NSA contractor to the government when he revealed the existence of classified programs that collect phone and Internet records in the hunt for terrorists and criminals. He explained to The Guardian why he carried out the biggest intelligence leak in recent years. “I do not want to live in a world where everything I do and say is recorded,” he said in an interview. “That is not something I am willing to support or live under."
Snowden faces possible extradition to the U.S. from Hong Kong, where he fled before revealing his identity. U.S. officials are calling the leak extremely damaging, and say it has provided terrorists with information that they can use to avoid detection.
Joining Blitzer for the special coverage are former CIA Chief of Staff Jeremy Bash, Washington Post reporter Barton Gellman – who has been at the center of that paper’s coverage of this story - CNN Sr. Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin, CNN’s Anna Coren in Hong Kong, Miguel Marquez in Hawaii, Barbara Starr and Chris Lawrence at the Pentagon, Jessica Yellin from the White House, and more.
What do you think? Is Snowden a traitor or a hero?