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June 24th, 2013
05:41 PM ET

Where in the world is Edward Snowden?

It's a manhunt that seems to be quickly turning into a high-stakes game of "Where's Waldo"? Only there is no tell-tale striped hat to pull Edward Snowden out of the crowd.

Reporters hopped a plane in Russia Monday morning, expecting NSA leaker Edward Snowden to be on board, after rumors surfaced that he was planning to leave for Cuba, en route to Ecuador. But Snowden was not along for the ride.

The few people who do know where Snowden is, are not talking.

Meanwhile, speaking from his hide-out in Ecuador's London Embassy, WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange stood by his support for Snowden in a conference call with reporters.

"Edward Snowden is not a traitor. He is not a spy. He is a whistleblower who has told the public an important truth," Assange said Monday. He went on to say that Snowden and Sarah Harrison, a wikiLeaks representative who has been accompanying Snowden were both, "healthy and safe."

Back in Washington, the White House is outraged that China let Snowden slip through their fingers Sunday, when he fled Hong Kong.

"We are just not buying that this was a technical decision by a Hong Kong immigration official. This was a deliberate choice by the government to release a fugitive despite a valid arrest warrant and that decision unquestionably has a negative impact on the U.S. China relationship," said White House press secretary Jay Carney Monday.

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