Flight delay

Flight delay

Edward Snowden has a lot of time on his hands as he contemplates when and where he may some day go.

Act in haste, repent at leisure.

It's highly unlikely that Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency contract employee who left the country with a bushel full of national security secrets that he leaked to the news media, is repenting yet. He shows that cocksure confidence of the true zealot and appears committed to exposing as much about what he perceives to be improper U.S. government snooping on its citizens as possible.

But Snowden has to be tired of hanging out at the Moscow airport in Russia while he tries to find a country that will take him. Venezuela has offered Snowden asylum, but he lacks the proper travel documents, including a valid passport, to get to the South American country.

Meanwhile, U.S. officials, who have charged Snowden with serious offenses for his theft of U.S. national security secrets, are offering him travel permission to make a one-way trip back to the U.S., hardly an option that Snowden will find appealing.

But the thrill has to be going fast. When Snowden first went public, his revelations were all over the news. Now he's all over the news, but it's his uncertain status, not his pious pronouncements, that are the story.

It's impossible to predict how this will turn out. Snowden may well yet end up living comfortably as a quasi-celebrity in another country. But time in an airport passes slowly, and that's just when a flight is delayed by a few hours. It's even longer for a stateless person who has no idea what the future holds.

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