Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Is It Possible to Disappear Completely?

Want to disappear like Edward Snowden? It might not be possible.

Two people ride a horse-drawn cart in Novosilky, Ukraine.  

Fugitives who wish to jump off the grid could start by traveling to Novosilky, Ukraine, without leaving a paper trail.

Edward Snowden's journey around the world has taken him from Hawaii to Hong Kong, and now to Moscow.

The 30-year-old former NSA contractor, who leaked highly classified information about the U.S. government's surveillance programs, left Hong Kong on Sunday on a flight headed to Moscow.
On Tuesday, Russia's President Vladimir V. Putin confirmed that Snowden was in a transit area at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport and had not broken any Russian laws. Putin's press conference was held hours after Russia's foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, said Snowden had not crossed the border into Russia.

Snowden reportedly booked a flight from Moscow to Havana on Monday. He didn't show up for the flight. Another Havana-bound flight took off from Moscow on Tuesday, without Snowden aboard.

Snowden's no ordinary traveler. But his globe-hopping around the world made us think: Would it be possible for someone without his connections—in our increasingly connected age—to travel undetected?

Turns out, the answer is probably not.

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