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    Timeline: How Edward Snowden Evaded US Prosecution

    Edward Snowden's trail
    Edward Snowden's trail
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    Russia will allow former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden papers to leave the transit area of Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport.
     
    He has been in limbo there since June 23, when he arrived from Hong Kong to evade espionage charges in the United States for disclosing details about secret U.S. surveillance programs.
     
    May 20  - Snowden leaves Hawaii for Hong Kong.
     
    June 1  - Snowden offers details of U.S. spying programs to Britain's Guardian newspaper. Stories are published in Britain and the United States, including on the existence of the program Prism and a court order to force telecoms company Verizon to hand over phone records of millions of Americans.
     
    NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden giving an interview about why he leaked intelligence information.
    NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden giving an interview about why he leaked intelligence information.
    June 9  - Snowden goes public.
     
    June 23 - Snowden arrives at Sremetyevo airport with Sarah Harrison, a British legal researcher for WikiLeaks anti-secrecy group.
     
    June 24 - Snowden has seat booked for an Aeroflot flight to Havana but does not board.
     
    June 25 - President Vladimir Putin says Moscow will not hand him over to the United States. The White House urges Russia to expel Snowden without delay.
     
    June 26 - The U.S. Justice Department accuses Hong Kong of feigning confusion over Snowden's middle name so as not to detain him in May.
     
    June 27 - China responds by accusing the United States of hypocrisy in the area of cyber security based on Snowden's revelations of U.S. National Security Agency activity in China.
     
    June 27 - U.S. President Barack Obama says Russia or other countries considering asylum requests for Snowden should follow international law.
     
    Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks at a news conference at the presidential summer residence Kultaranta in Naantali, June 25, 2013.
    Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks at a news conference at the presidential summer residence Kultaranta in Naantali, June 25, 2013.
    July 1  - Putin signals that Snowden can stay in Russia, if he stops “harming our American partners”. Snowden says he remains free to continue leaking data that “serves public interest” and he is seeking asylum in several countries, including Russia.
     
    July 2  - Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov says Snowden withdraws his request for political asylum.
     
    July 3  - Bolivina President Evo Morales' plane is diverted on its way home from Moscow. It has to make an unscheduled stopover in Austria after there were “unfounded suspicions” that Snowden was on board.
     
    July 5  - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro says he will offer asylum to Snowden. Nicaraguan head Daniel Ortega says his country could grant asylum “if circumstances permit”.
     
    July 6  - Bolivia's Morales says he would grant Snowden asylum if he asked.
     
    July 12 - Snowden meets human rights campaigners at the airport and says he will seek temporary asylum in Russia. U.S. State Department says giving him asylum would raise concerns in relations with Russia.
     
    July 15 - Putin says he sees signs Snowden is shifting towards stopping “political activity” against the United States.
     
    Lawyer Anatoly Kucherena speaks to reporters at Sheremetyevo airport outside Moscow, July 12. 2013.
    Lawyer Anatoly Kucherena speaks to reporters at Sheremetyevo airport outside Moscow, July 12. 2013.
    July 16 - Russian lawyer Anatoly Kucherena says he asked for temporary asylum in Russia. The White House reiterates Snowden should be returned to the United States to face trial.
     
    July 17 - Putin signals he does not want to disrupt relations with Washington over the fate of Snowden.
     
    July 19
    - Kremlin says it is unaware of any plans by Snowden to seek Russian passport.
     
    July 22
    - Lawyer Kucherena says he hopes Snowden will be able to leave the airport transit zone by Wednesday.

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    by: Caleb Boone from: Hays, Kansas USA
    July 27, 2013 9:57 AM
    MAN WITHOUT A HOUSE

    An Airport Insomnia

    By Caleb Boone

    To be sung to the tune of "Master of the House"
    from the musical "Les Miserables."

    Man without a house, nowhere to lay his head,
    Sleeping on formica rather than a bed,
    Eating toast and jam, with Westphalian ham,
    Hiding from detectives and surveillance cam,
    Toblerone has such a flavour,
    When eaten with liqueur on ice,
    Have some Scottish Toffee,
    Dining at the airport is so nice!

    Man without a house, waiting for a 'plane,
    To fly him to Caracas, far away from Spain,
    Soon he will be free, on a shopping spree,
    Strolling Venezuela drinking English tea,
    Everybody loves a leaker,
    Spilling secrets left and right,
    Zipping off to freedom now,
    Two hundred thousand dollars for one flight!

    Man without a house, hiding from us all,
    Disguised as a babushka, either short or tall,
    Cossack wearing boots, old Russian zoot suits,
    Posing as a doctor testing rats and newts,
    Living in a tiny capsule,
    Eating pickled herring and sardines,
    Sable mink or Cashmere,
    Chanel or Polo Ralph Lauren blue jeans!

    Tickets he can't buy, places he can't fly,
    Sitting at the counter eating pizza pie,
    Bought a travel clock, one-pound box of choc,
    Found a clinic with a first class medical doc.
    Traveling strangers rushing past him,
    Edward watches from the side,
    Tourists buying tickets,
    Flying off to nations far and wide!

    Drinking at the bar, knows he can't go far,
    Moscow television could make him a star,
    Bought a pair of shoes, read the daily news,
    Waving handkerchiefs to passing airline crews.
    Eating Wolfgang Puck's best chicken,
    Drinking mango juice and plum,
    Sweet and sour dishes,
    Miso soup and tofu,
    Princess chicken, lo-mein and dim-sum!

    Man without a house, a dancer was his spouse,
    Hawaiian luaus, playing golf and shooting grouse,
    Lived a life so fine, perfect island clime,
    Pineapples, papayas, oranges and lime,
    Everything he could have wanted,
    But now he's eating Zwieback Toast,
    With stale Russian coffee and old mussels driven from the Black Sea coast!

    Man with Russian dreams, diplomatic schemes,
    Julian Assange is not all he seems,
    Waiting for Godot,
    Seems so very slow,
    Soon Sheremetyevo will be white with snow,
    Shaving little pigs is louder,
    You get a lot of noise but not much hair,
    For frustration, Slavic obstinacy and bad cheese this trip cannot compare!

    Man without a house,
    No place to sleep and dream,
    Reading Dostoyevsky and about to scream!
    Catharine the Great, commemorative plate,
    Alexander Solzhenitsyn paper weight.
    Ushanka fur hats make a great gift,
    But not for relatives in Wilmington.
    Just hand him a boleto and a picture of Fidel
    And he'll be gone!

    Have a Dovely.

    Sincerely yours,
    Caleb.

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