August 26, 2013
The US whistleblower Edward Snowden got stuck in the transit zone of a Moscow airport because Havana refused to let him fly from Russia to Cuba, a Russian newspaper has claimed.
Snowden, who is wanted in the US for leaking details of government surveillance programmes to the Guardian, had planned to fly to Havana from Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport a day after arriving from Hong Kong on 23 June.
But Snowden, who eventually accepted a year’s asylum in Russia after spending nearly six weeks at Sheremetyevo, did not catch the flight although he had been allocated a seat.
Citing several sources, including one close to the US state department, Kommersant newspaper said the reason was that at the last minute the Cuban authorities had told officials to stop Snowden from boarding the Aeroflot flight.