#BREAKING Moscow eye sources: #Snowden no longer in Moscow. Spotted escorted on diplomatic Gulf-stream jet @ap_planner @sayahcnn @RT_comA single claim isn't really worthy of a mention, even on this blog, however there is one detail above worth looking at. The mention of a Gulf Stream jet.
— Christopher Wiggins (@CWNewser) July 4, 2013
A Latin American country looks the most likely chance of asylum for Snowden, even more so since yesterday's grounding over Europe of a diplomatic flight carrying president of Bolivia Evo Morales managed to rile a whole continent against the US.
But as we saw yesterday, travelling from Moscow to South America with a contentious cargo isn't that easy since the flight would ordinarily pass through the airspace of quite a few staunch US allies.
Not only that, but the range of many aircraft would necessitate a refuelling stop en route.
Re-routing to avoid such airspace is pretty much an impossible task, and going the long way round, east over Russia then over the Pacific, is even harder.
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Such a trip would require an aircraft with a rather long range of around 6,000 nautical miles. A bit like the Gulf Stream V.