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NSA Leaker Stuck at Airport While Russia, Ecuador Reportedly Offer No Help for Asylum

Steve Neavling

The fate of the NSA leaker remains in limbo as Russia and Ecuador send mixed messages about their role in Edward Snowden’s attempt to seek asylum, ABC News reports.

A spokesman for Vladimir Putin said Moscow would not help Snowden seek refuge.

Snowden is stuck at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport because the U.S. has revoked his passport, so he’s unable to fly.

His plan was to fly to Cuba and then connect to a flight to Ecuador.

Russia Says It Has No Jurisdiction to Apprehend Snowden at Airport in Moscow

Steve Neavling

Russia rejected criticism today that it illegally assisted the former government contractor charged with exposing secret U.S. surveillance program, the Washington Post reports.

Edward Snowden, 30, was expected to board a flight from Russia to Cuba but never did.

Secretary of State John F. Kerry said the Moscow has an obligation to help.

“We think it’s very important in terms of our relationship,” Kerry said. “We think it’s very important in terms of rule of law.”

But Russian officials said they have no jurisdiction over Snowden because he’s inside a security transit zone at an airport that is controlled by foreign diplomats.

NSA Leaker Missing Today After Failing to Board Plane from Russia to Cuba

Steve Neavling 

Edward J. Snowden was supposed to leave Moscow today for a flight to Havana. He never arrived.

U.S. authorities were trying to determine this morning whether the former national security contractor accused of espionage has made alternative travel plans or whether Russian leaders took him into custody, The New York Times reports.

Secretary of State John Kerry urged Russian officials to extradite Snowden.

“I would urge them to live by the standards of the law,” Kerry said.

WikiLeaks is helping Snowden escape.

FBI Adds First Woman to List of Most Wanted Terrorists

Steve Neavling 

The FBI placed the first woman on its list of most wanted terrorists Thursday, NBC News reports.

Joanne Chesimard was a 1970s black radical who is accused of shooting a New Jersey trooper and fleeing prison in a daring daylight escape.

The FBI said Chesimard, who was part of the Black Liberation Army, fled to Cuba.


Ana Montes Did Much Harm Spying for Cuba. Chances Are, You Haven’t Heard of Her

Anna Montes

By Jim Popkin
Washington Post Magazine

WASHINGTON — Ana Montes has been locked up for a decade with some of the most frightening women in America. Once a highly decorated U.S. intelligence analyst with a two-bedroom co-op in Cleveland Park, Montes today lives in a two-bunk cell in the highest-security women’s prison in the nation.

Her neighbors have included a former homemaker who strangled a pregnant woman to get her baby, a longtime nurse who killed four patients with massive injections of adrenaline, and Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme, the Charles Manson groupie who tried to assassinate President Ford.

But hard time in the Lizzie Borden ward of a Texas prison hasn’t softened the former Defense Department wunderkind. Years after she was caught spying for Cuba, Montes remains defiant.

“Prison is one of the last places I would have ever chosen to be in, but some things in life are worth going to prison for,” Montes writes in a 14-page handwritten letter to a relative. “Or worth doing and then killing yourself before you have to spend too much time in prison.”

Like Aldrich Ames and Robert Hanssen before her, Ana Montes blindsided the intelligence community with brazen acts of treason.

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Victor Manuel Genera Has Eluded Authorities Despite Nearly 30 Years on FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List

Steve Neavling 

Victor Manuel Genera has been on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list for nearly 30 years – longer than anyone in history.

Who is he?

Genera is accused of committing one of the largest cash robberies in U.S. history. In September 1983, Gerena allegedly stole $7 million from a Wells Fargo armored car depot, reports.

He has eluded authorities ever since. reported that Genera likely is hiding in Cuba.

“60 Minutes” Correspondent Mike Wallace Was Trailed by FBI During Cuba Visit

Steve Neavling

The FBI kept a close eye on late “60 Minutes” correspondent Mike Wallace during a 1970 trip to Cuba, recently released files show, CBS News reports.

The documents detail the luggage and travel information of Wallace and “60 Minutes” creator Don Hewitt, according to CBS News.

The FBI also investigated a threatening letter sent to Wallace in 1977 by a World War II veteran. The letter “claims to have solid proof that” Wallace is “a pro-communist anti-American traitor.

Charges were never filed because the FBI said there was no criminal intent, the CBS News wrote.

Spies for Cuba Have Met 50 to 60 Times With U.S. Investigators

spy graphicBy Allan Lengel

A couple who admitted spying for Cuba have met with federal investigators 50 to 60 times to divulge their secret work, the U.S. Justice Department said Tuesday, according to the Miami Herald.

Walter Kendall Myers, a former State Department worker with top secret clearance — and his wife Gwendolyn Myers, pleaded guilty last November to sending secrets to Cuba over a span of three decades.

Under the plea agreement, the husband agreed to a life sentence, but his wife is likely to get off much lighter, and could possibly get up to 7 1/2 years, the Herald reported.

The two appeared at a hearing in U.S. District Court in D.C. on Tuesday, the Herald reported.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Gordon Michael Harvey told the judge the “debriefings” of the couple is expected to take about six months, the Herald reported. Both appeared in good spirits, clad in dark blue jail jumpsuits, the paper reported.

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