Freedom Flight: save hero Snowden from Obama, stop 1984

Op ‘Freedom Flight’: more countries on board; human shield idea gaining support admin

freedom - CopySince our last story on the Edward Snowden affair, three countries – Venezuela, Bolivia and Nicaragua – have offered asylum and three others – Cuba, Ecuador and Uruguay – may offer too. Also, several people – including John Cusack and J P Barlow, Birgitta Jonsdottir – have offered, if needed, to be ‘human shields’ for Snowden on his flight.

And there is talk of the filming of an on-board documentary. Further, we came upon a useful article mapping out flight paths against the amount of fuel needed, based on destination. Consequently, we have refined Operation ‘Freedom Flight’ and, below, produce two options to compare the pros and cons…

UPDATE: An almost identical idea to Op. ‘Freedom Flight’ was published today in Common Dreams: its called ‘Operation Exodus’ . Clearly great minds think alike! Their idea, incidentally, is to try and avoid as far as possible European airspace (achievable, but needs careful planning).

another Update here 10july:  Liberating Snowden: Wikileaks to begin ‘Operation Flight of Liberty’ http://darkernet.in/?p=17735

imagesFirst, a reminder of what all this is really about:

“That the US government – in complete secrecy – is constructing a ubiquitous spying apparatus aimed not only at its own citizens, but all of the world’s citizens, has profound consequences. It erodes, if not eliminates, the ability to use the internet with any remnant of privacy or personal security. It vests the US government with boundless power over those to whom it has no accountability. It permits allies of the US – including aggressively oppressive ones – to benefit from indiscriminate spying on their citizens’ communications. It radically alters the balance of power between the US and ordinary citizens of the world. And it sends an unmistakable signal to the world that while the US very minimally values the privacy rights of Americans, it assigns zero value to the privacy of everyone else on the planet.” Glenn Greenwald in recent Guardian article .snowden-obama-putin-democracy.si

How Snowden Could Escape

Option 1
1. Fly to Caracas or Managua or Havana (the latter to fly to La Paz after refueling) via ‘Paul Revere’ private jet (the jet must be capable of long flight).
2. Snowden to carry documents proving diplomatic immunity and letters of Safe Passage.
3. Prominent persons to accompany flight and to act as ‘human shields’. Heads of state of countries offering asylum may also want to travel with Mr. Snowden.
4. Journey could be documented on film (e.g. by Laura Poitras or Oliver Stone or Michael Moore) and interviews conducted by newspaper journalists re background to NSA stories.
Pros: Does not depend on agreement of commercial carrier.
Cons: Flies over US allies’ airspace, so plane could be ordered down; also, requires specific type of jet to fly without refuelling – see below.970867_182393281921919_1421768153_n

Option 2
1. Fly to La Paz or Havana (Aeroflot flies direct to each of these destinations almost daily) or Caracas or Managua (Aeroflot flight to Cuba, then LAN Airline to Venezuela or Nicaragua).
2. Snowden to carry documents proving diplomatic immunity and letters of Safe Passage.
3. Prominent persons may wish to accompany Snowden on flight. Heads of state of countries offering asylum may also want to travel with Mr. Snowden.
4. Journey could be documented on film (e.g. by Laura Poitras or Oliver Stone or Michael Moore) and interviews conducted by newspaper journalists re background to NSA stories.
Pros: No necessity to refuel.
Cons: Flies over US allies’ AND US airspace, so plane could be ordered down.

Note: there is always a ‘Plan B’ and it would be naive not to assume such a plan does not exist as backup in case the more obvious ones are not adopted.

Other considerations

The Atlantic Wire published a story on how Snowden could be liberated that included many ideas that complement to those we published in an article on June 28. In addition The Atlantic Wire provided some useful information on fuel needed and types of jet planes that would be best used, per destination. According to an aviation expert, the longest range private jet currently on the market is the Gulfstream G550, with a direct range of 6750 nautical miles.

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Here are some Q and A’s:

Q. Does Snowden require permision from Russia to fly?
A. According to The Atlantic Wire: “Whether or not Snowden can depart Russia depends, first and foremost, on whether or not Russia wants him to leave. The Atlantic Wire spoke with attorney David Leopold of Leopold & Associates who’s been practicing immigration law for decades and who is familiar with the vagaries of international travel. The only thing blocking Snowden’s departure, Leopold told us, were the Russians. “If the Russian authorities decide that’s what they want to do, that’s their sovereign territory and they can do it.” Last week, Russian president Vladimir Putin said, “He came as a transit passenger, he does not need a visa or any other documents. He has the right to buy a ticket and fly wherever he wants.” And on Tuesday, the country suggested it was more than willing to let him leave, particularly if he didn’t stop damaging American interests… There’s no violation of international law, Leopold pointed out, nor do Russia and the U.S. have an active extradition treaty.” In short, technically the Russians can’t stop Snowden from catching another flight, providing he has I.D and a ticket, though if the Russians have a political reason for blocking Snowden’s exit, they can do whatever they want.

Q. Can Snowden fly by commercial airline without his passport?
A. Yes, though only if the airline has evidence – e.g. Safe Passage letter and/or Diplomatic status – that the destination country will accept Snowden.

Q. How can Snowden avoid US or allies’ airspace?
A. He can’t, but whether the US would force down an Aeroflot plane (and create a major diplomatic incident with Russia) or a jet carrying prominent people acting as a ‘human shield’ – is debatable.

reblogged from Darker Net with thanks

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