Obama's Austrian ambassador was source of bad intel that Snowden was on the Morales plane
The official source, I mean. Pepe Escobar:
Austrian paper Die Presse revealed that the US Ambassador in Austria, William Eacho, was responsible for spreading the (false) information about Snowden being on board Bolivia President Evo Morales' Falcon out of Russia - leading to the denial of overflying rights in France, Spain, Portugal an Italy. Eacho - a former CEO of a food distribution company* with no diplomatic experience whatsoever - was appointed by Obama to go to Vienna in June 2009. Why? Because he was a top Obama fundraiser.
So if there was a Russian disinformation campaign, an Obama bundler would make a big, fat target, eh? The post is full of other great stuff:
The working title of the Edward Snowden movie is still The Spy Who Remains in the Cold. Here's where we stand:
Snowden could only fly out of Hong Kong because China allowed it. Snowden could only arrive in Moscow because Russia knew it - in co-operation with China. This is part of their strategic relationship, which includes the BRICS group (along with Brazil, India and South Africa) and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. No official source though would ever confirm it. With the Latin American offers of asylum (Venezuela, Bolivia, Nicaragua; even Uruguay would consider it), we're approaching the clincher: Moscow is now calculating whether - and how - to help
If I were Snowden, though, no way would I get into a Russian submarine (or military aircraft). "No man, no problem." I think an ambassador has to come to Moscow, bearing the appropriate transit documents, and fly back by Snowden (and Harrison's) side, and not over US territory, on a commercial flight. And "neither the first nor the second which may present itself."
NOTE * Actually, CEO of Carlton Capital, a Private Equity firm, after being a Big Food MOTU.