Fugitive whistleblower Edward Snowden today failed to make a flight from Moscow to Cuba, sparking rumours Russia may be about to hand him over to US authorities.
The intelligence leaker was scheduled to leave aboard flight CU 6150 at 2.05pm (11.05am London time) in seat 17A, and was expected to fly on from Cuba to Ecuador where he planned to seek asylum.
But as the flight departed Sheremetyevo Airport, a photograph emerged of his empty seat after an air steward told reporters it had been given to another passenger.
It is currently unclear if Snowden was seized at the last minute by Russian authorities after the White House said it 'expects' Moscow to extradite the fugitive spy back to the United States to face espionage charges on home soil.
But there is also speculation that the 2.05pm flight had been a red-herring and that he may have slipped past reporters and authorities
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