The United Kingdom has warned airlines not to fly American surveillance leaker Edward Snowden there. They sent information on Snowden to the airlines, including a photo and his passport number, and said flying him to the U.K. could cost them.
Snowden was working for the Virginia-based NSA contractor, Booz Allen Hamilton, in their Hawaii offices when he downloaded classified information on U.S. security measures, including information on the government obtaining phone records, and passed it on to the media.
Snowden: gone underground?
He was for a time in Hong Kong and may still be there. The American government has not said it will prosecute him but that is a strong possibility.
A notice has been sent by the U.K. government to airlines that was seen by AP. It says in part that "If this individual (Snowden) attempts to travel to the UK: Carriers should deny boarding." It also noted that should a carrier permit Mr. Snowden to fly to the U.K. then they could "be liable to costs relating to the individual's detention and removal."
Singapore Airlines, Bangkok Airways and Malaysia Airlines all confirmed they are among the airlines who have received the directive, the BBC said. It is not known that Snowden is trying to fly to the U.K., and he has not suggested that he would, but the notice, not intended for the public, was drafted and sent out of caution.
Since revealing his identity to the Guardian newspaper in the U.K., Snowden has gone underground. He is hailed by some in the U.S. as a hero, by others as a traitor.