Where Edward Snowden Could Fly Without Getting Hauled Back To The U.S. [Infographic]
Snowden, wherever he is, probably wants to avoid countries that have extradition treaties with the U.S.
There’s some confusion about where, exactly, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden is right now. He was going to board a flight to Cuba, didn’t, and then requested asylum in Ecuador. Or maybe he left for somewhere else when he high-tailed it out of Russia. Or maybe he’s still in Russia?
Quartz created this beautiful map, showing every flight path between countries that don’t have extradition treaties with the U.S., which gives us an idea of where Snowden might fly (or has already flown).
There are 107 countries with bilateral extradition agreements–but that includes countries like Ecuador and Cuba that at one point allowed for extraditions and don’t anymore. Still, going solely by official extradition treaties, that pretty much seals off the Western hemisphere. Ecuador actually does have an extradition agreement, but is open to claims of political asylum. Hong Kong, where Snowden was first hiding out, also has an extradition treaty.
So, he shouldn’t be too hard to find. Narrowed it down to half the world already.