The Independent’s Front Page Identifies Random Dude In Red Shirt As Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden in The Independent

We don’t really have an explanation for this. Edward Snowden is back in the news in a big way — he left Hong Kong and is traveling to either Cuba or Ecuador via Moscow — but check out what the Independent did with the front page of its newspaper, which hits newsstands today. The caption reads: “A red-shirted Edward Snowden, the man who leaked classified documents revealing US internet surveillance, among passengers at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport yesterday after he flew in from Hong Kong. Reports say Mr Snowden has asked Ecuador for asylum. BARCROFT MEDIA.”

Um. Are you sure that’s Edward Snowden?

Edward Snowden in The Independent 2 Edward Snowden zoomed in

The Guardian has a correspondent in China. The Telegraph has a correspondent in China. The Economist has a correspondent in China. Maybe the Independent is just upset it gets none of the China scoops, and really, really wanted this one.

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