(This post has been updated with new information. Latest here, from 10:30 p.m.)
Edward Snowden is marooned in the Moscow airport, perhaps without any clean pants, because he flew there without checking bags. On June 21, Snowden received an encrypted email from someone claiming to be a government representative, The Wall Street Journal's Te-Ping Chen and Ken Brown report, and the person urged him to leave Hong Kong, assuring him that he'd be able to clear immigration. On June 22, Snowden saw news reports that he'd been charged under the Espionage Act, and started looking for flights — sure he couldn't fly on an American airline, but not sure where he wanted to end up. On June 23, he headed to the airport and caught a flight to Moscow with no luggage to check. His decision to leave Hong Kong for Moscow is not looking like a good bet. He's now stuck in the airport transit zone (pictured above), where past asylum-seekers have been stuck for as much as nine months.
Update 11:27a.m.: Russian Preisdent Vladimir Putin said in a news conference on Monday that if Snowden wants to get asylum in Russia, he must stop leaking American secrets, the Associated Press reports. Reuters reports Snowden applied for political asylum in Russia on Sunday; Russia Today says the Russian Federal Migration service has denied that.