Source: Asia Times:
By Pepe Escobar
HONG KONG – So it’s going to be Our Man in Quito. The narrative may not be as elegant as Graham Greene’s, but the plot certainly beats the Bourne trilogy – because it’s happening live, in real time, right in front of our eyes.
It takes a former CIA asset to beat US “intelligence” – more like intel deprivation. The story of Edward Snowden’s escape from Hong Kong is textbook. This correspondent, at dim sum on Sunday, was alerted by a source; “Get ready for something big; he’s leaving soon.” That was about 12:30 pm Hong Kong time. In fact Snowden had already flown from Chek Lap Kok on SU 213 bound for Moscow at 11:00 am. But nobody knew it yet. Hong Kong was still digesting the front page of the South China Morning Post displaying yet more devastating evidence of US cyber-spying of China.
By 2:00 pm there was a first, one-line alert from the South China Morning Post; he was on a plane to Moscow. I talked to RT in Moscow; they were stunned and sprang into action. Still total silence from Western corporate media. Then the Post confirmed the breaking news with more detail. Yet it took ages for Reuters to release its first short dispatch – as I had commented on my Facebook page. When the “international community” started to learn about it Snowden was already five hours into his flight.