July 11th, 2013
12:12 PM ET

What is Snowden's Next move?

It takes nearly 13 hours to fly from Moscow to Caracas, Venezuela. However, if NSA leaker Edward Snowden decides to accept Venezuela's offer of asylum, it will probably take him a lot longer.

If you look at the logistical challenge he faces to travel there from Moscow, you can see he has no easy option that guarantees his continued freedom, reports CNN's Phil Black.

The direct route isn't an option. That would mean flying through Europe, the same countries that recently refused access to the plane carrying Bolivia's president because it was suspected Snowden was on board.

There is only one path that guarantees avoiding the sovereign air space of countries that might be willing to help the United States get Snowden back. It's a long journey via the Arctic and the Atlantic, around 6,800 miles. A potentially risky flight, almost entirely over water, on one tank of fuel.

At the moment, Venezuela's offer to help only kicks in when Snowden lands on Venezuelan territory. Venezuela has not show the willingness to send an aircraft or money he would need to escape Moscow.

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