Reading While Eating for June 24: Searching for Snowden

In today's must-read links for your lunch break: The latest on the whereabouts of the NSA whistleblower.

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Journalists wait for the arrival of passengers from flight SU213, on which Edward Snowden, a former contractor for the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) is reported to have traveled on, in the arrival hall at Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow, Russia, on Sunday, June 23

The NSA Whistleblower Is in the Wind. Snowden traveled from Hong Kong to Moscow over the weekend, and then was expected to seek asylum in South America. A handful of journalists believed he was on a flight to Havana (with designs to subsequently head to Venezuela and/or Ecuador), but his seat turned out to be empty. His current whereabouts are unknown. (Daily Intelligencer)

Eleven Things We No Longer See on Planes. It hasn’t been confirmed that Snowden skipped his flight because he discovered that alcohol would not be served, but he shouldn’t count on a whole host of perks regardless of his final destination. (mental_floss)

Why Edward Snowden Is Not a Refugee. He falls short of the designation in large part because he is not being persecuted due to his political opinions. (Swampland)

You Don’t Have to Like Snowden. The moral status of sources has become of greater concern than ever before—and why that might not be such a good thing. (BuzzFeed)

Other High-Profile Fugitives: Marc Rich, Julian Assange, John McAfee. Has anyone else noticed that real-life fugitives aren’t nearly as entertaining as fictional ones? Where are your Richard Kimbles, your Carmen Sandiegos? Now there’s a couple folks who really knew how to go on the lam. (NewsFeed)

Jim Carrey “Cannot Support” Kick-Ass 2. This is news because the comedy actor is actually in Kick-Ass 2, but he says that the events on Sandy Hook compelled him to reexamine his position on violence, of which we can safely assume there will be quite a bit in the upcoming film. (Flavorwire)

Oral History of the 2003 NBA Draft. Widely considered one of the best draft classes in league history (featuring LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Dwyane Wade), here’s a long read breaking it all down. (

Human Safety Net? Human Safety Net. Couriers in Ninghai, China outstretched their arms to save a toddler who fell from a fifth floor window—the girl sustained just a small wound on her face. (YouTube via The Daily What)