The Honk Kong Post revealed Snowden, who is wanted by the United States for making a holy show of the United States intelligence or lack of services, had departed on a commercial flight to Ireland. An Aer Lingus flight carrying the NSA whistle-blower, is due to land at knock international airport later tonight after Hong Kong let the former US intelligence technician leave the territory, despite Washington’s efforts to extradite him to face charges, for being a nerd with a beautiful girlfriend and espionage.
The anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks said Snowden was heading for a country so over run with Yanks that he could blend in and not draw attention to himself. For the past week, Mr. Snowden, who has been staying in an apartment in Hong Kong, was quoted as saying ‘anywhere would be better than Hong Kong right now, even Leitrim’.
Wikileaks said one of the reasons Snowden was keen on coming to Ireland is because it is the leaking secrets capital of Europe right now. There is a chronic skills shortage within the spying tech industry in Ireland and Snowden feels there is booming market in the business of leaking phone calls and emails, citing the Anglo Tapes and John McGuinness. as recent examples. Some of the other reasons given for choosing Ireland, are its non-existent corporate tax rate and Ireland’s general reluctance to extradite anyone back to the United States.
Wikileaks when pressed on Snowdens plans once he arrives in Ireland, said Snowden is quite keen to get his spying start-up off the ground immediately, he will be meeting with the IDA and government representatives as soon as he lands, he is hoping to base his startup in Dromahair, County Leitrim. Sources close to Snowden have said Leitrim is ideal because no one is quite sure where it is exactly, any CIA/FBI fellas would stick out like a sore thumb there.
A senior Obama administration official said “Mr Snowden’s claim that he is focused on supporting transparency, freedom of the press and protection of individual rights and democracy is belied by the protectors he has potentially chosen: China, Russia, North Korea, Iran and Ireland.
On arriving in Ireland Snowden will be received by an official reception sponsored by Guinness and receive an Irish passport under the passport for tourism scheme. Local publicans are said to be pleased that hordes of pissed American journalists will be lurching from village to village looking for Snowden.
A senior Irish Government source has said “I don’t envisage this damaging our special relationship with the United States, sure we’ve had the Obamas and Kennedy’s here the last few weeks, they feckin love us”.