It seems Edward Snowden, the international fugitive marooned in a Russian airport, is taking his time to fill out his Russian asylum application. He told reporters Friday morning his application would be filed that day, but senior Kremlin officials said they've received bupkis from the former National Security Agency contractor in interviews Saturday morning.
So, Friday morning: the missing man of mystery surfaced for the first time since flying to Russia. He spoke with reporters from behind a desk, flanked by Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch representatives, proving that he is, in fact, alive and in Russia. "I announce today my formal acceptance of all offers of support or asylum I have been extended and all others that may be offered in the future," he told the assembled reporters. There was some creeping doubt Snowden was already on a beach somewhere, drinking cocktails and mocking the reporters trying to find him. But here he was, in the flesh, and laying out his plan to hang out in Russia until he can grab a flight to Latin America's warmer weather and less complicated relationships with the U.S.
"I ask for your assistance in requesting guarantees of safe passage from the relevant nations in securing my travel to Latin America, as well as requesting asylum in Russia until such time as these states accede to law and my legal travel is permitted," Snowden said. "I will be submitting my request to Russia today, and hope it will be accepted favorably."