June 27th, 2013
03:25 PM ET

Airport stakeout: Hunting Snowden

By Jim Boulden, reporting from Sheremetyevo International Airport

My first morning at Moscow Airport's Terminal E consisted of an indescribable burger at Burger King. We are thinking of going to one of two TGI Friday's for dinner in Terminal D.

There is always Costa Coffee for tomorrow morning if I want to walk the half mile or so from my pod hotel room.

I'm on day two of my time inside Moscow's international transfer terminals. They are long, clean, stuffed with shops and not stuffed with very many people.

The person I have come to look for is Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency computer contractor who spilled details of U.S. surveillance programs to reporters.

Editor's note: CNN correspondent Jim Boulden joins the hunt for the NSA leaker Edward Snowden, taking over from CNN's John Defterios inside Moscow's Sheremetyevo International Airport where the man the NSA can't find is widely believed to be staying.

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  3. Paddle App

    Some life hiding in an airport looking for an interview. The Russians are gonna fly him into a private military base and roll out the red carpet .

    June 11, 2017 at 6:40 pm | Reply
  4. Abe

    ...sighs...And CNN calls this "reporting" more like the National Enquirer..........CNN...the last 10 years your reporting has truly gone down hill......garbage

    June 30, 2013 at 11:57 pm | Reply
  5. StanCalif

    First of all, be sure Snowden is not inside this transit terminal. The Russian secret service has him hidden away so they can get from him everything he has. When the time comes for Snowden to continue his journey, he will suddenly reappear inside the transit terminal. This will happen when all "journalists" are gone.
    Secondly. calling these people "journalists" is wrong. The people CNN, and others, sent to this Moscow airport are nothing more than "headline seeking reporters". Without a proper visa to enter Russia, there is no "journalism" to be had! All are just "reporters", NOT "journalists"! Big difference! CNN wasted a lot of money for nothing. Snowden is somewhere out of the reach of "reporters", and will remain there until Russian secret service has everything!

    June 28, 2013 at 8:09 am | Reply
    • Alex279

      Foreign journalist must go through accreditation procedure, which means that proper Rissian authorities issue special license IDs for them. A foreigner with just regular tourist visa cannot act like a journalist and will be deported if caught acting in this matter. There were incidents when professional journalists were deported for failure to obtain accreditation. On the other hand, a journalist with proper accreditation enjoys more rights than usual tourist in Russia, including much less restricted travel.

      ...Note that it became known that Snowden left Hong Kong only after the fact. There was a photo of him in a plane, but that photo turned out to be a photoshop. Thus far NOBODY actually seen Snowden in Sheremetyevo transit zone. So it would be not surprising to learn that he will show up in a totally different country.

      June 28, 2013 at 2:41 pm | Reply
      • StanCalif

        You make an excellent point! Since Snowden has never been seen in Moscow, he could well be in Hong Kong still! You imply that our "journalists" lied to us by publishing a PhotoShopped picture of him on some airplane. So where is he? Surely our "headline grabbing reporters" don't have a clue! Reporters follow rumors; how many of them packed onto the flight from Moscow to Havana just to take photos of any empty seat?
        Remember, this is what lead to our stupid invasion of Iraq! Feed the media lies and they report it as "truth"! No one verifies anymore. Just get something for the headlines and sell more ads!
        Snowden may well be exposing our media now as co-conspritors with our government! I hope he is enjoying this!

        June 29, 2013 at 8:02 am |
      • Alex279

        "You imply that our "journalists" lied to us by publishing a PhotoShopped picture of him ..." what I am implying is that thus far there is only a SINGLE 12min video of an interview with Snowden (now available at http www youtube com watch?v=opX2inIVQhU or elsewhere). All photographs of him I have seen thus far are just still snapshots of his face from that video pasted into a different context.

        ...journalists never lie. They just express their opinions.

        image of Snowden's face taken from the specific angle 3/4 from his left side, which, I believe, is a still shap shot taken from a video of an interview of Snowden where he talks about .

        June 29, 2013 at 1:55 pm |
  6. W.G.

    if snowden the traitor has the neck , I´ve got the rope .

    June 28, 2013 at 7:04 am | Reply
    • StanCalif

      Kill the messenger! This is your solution? Very stupid!
      Snowden exposed a "program" that Hitler and Stalin would have loved! Create a secret court to legitimise government activties. Now Snowden is exposing our "free press", free to publish any and all unsubstanciated rumors they are fed!
      Our "free press" no longer serves the people, same as our government. All complete propaganda, with no facts!
      Where is Snowden today? Not in Moscow, not in Havana! He sent reporters on a wild chase so he could freely go somewhere else! Maybe he is still in Hong Kong, who knows! He must be LOL at the whole world now! More power to him! He has exposed our government's misdeeds and shown how our "press" is totally gullible and unreliable!

      June 29, 2013 at 8:47 am | Reply
  7. Alex279

    "There is always Costa Coffee for tomorrow morning if I want to walk the half mile or so from my pod hotel room...." - this is exactly the point: it takes about 15 minutes to walk from one end of the Transit Zone to the opposite end. The place is HUGE, spatious, and most of the time you have open view onto the airfield and the runway through the glass wall. Did you visit Irish bar in Terminal F? Drinking opportinities are numerous and all Duty Free.

    At this moment Snowden is better off than Assange, who is basically confined in a single store of a small building.

    June 28, 2013 at 12:32 am | Reply
  8. John Smith

    America is the root of all terror. America has invaded sixty countries since world war 2.
    In 1953 America overthrow Iran's democratic government Mohammad Mosaddegh and installed a brutal dictator Shah. America helped Shah of Iran to establish secret police and killed thousands of Iranian people.
    During Iran-Iraq war evil America supported Suddam Hossain and killed millions of Iranian people. In 1989, America, is the only country ever, shot down Iran's civilian air plane, killing 290 people.
    In 2003,America invaded Iraq and killed 1,000,000+ innocent Iraqi people and 4,000,000+ Iraqi people were displaced.
    Now America is a failed state with huge debt. Its debt will be 22 trillion by 2015.

    June 27, 2013 at 11:04 pm | Reply
    • Bill

      John Smith are you an american? I would rather live here then any where else, we should all know that every goverment spies on their people and on other countries. This is not new, and who cares, if you listen to my phone calls you would know I'm having meat loaf for dinner.

      July 1, 2013 at 10:49 am | Reply
  9. Steve

    What garbage!

    June 27, 2013 at 10:22 pm | Reply
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    June 27, 2013 at 9:01 pm | Reply
  11. Bryan

    They pay you for this garbage!!

    June 27, 2013 at 5:46 pm | Reply
  12. Alex279

    Thanks, Jim Boulden, for advertizing Sheremetyego airport.

    June 27, 2013 at 5:13 pm | Reply
    • Pete

      @Alex279,not impressed,ever been to OHare,JFK or Denvers Stapleton,nice also if yah like airports and their security,I don't...

      June 28, 2013 at 9:38 am | Reply
      • Alex279

        I have been in all three of them, as well as in many other US and few European airports as well. Frankfurt-Maine probably has the largest transit zone ever. They all nice in some sense, but US pre- and post-9-11 experiences are very different: the big, tall glassy buildings were compartmentalized and aesthetically ruined. Moscow SWO D-E-F terminals somewhat reminds you pre-9-11 US impressions, but is also unique on its own.

        ...There was a time when if you go to meet someone, you walk past security all the way to the plane gate.

        June 28, 2013 at 2:55 pm |

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