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Edward Snowden Evades Media Once More As He Leaves Moscow Airport

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Demonstrators hold up a placard in support of former US agent of the National Security Agency, Edward Snowden in front of Berlin's landmark Brandenburg Gate as they take part in a protest against the US National Security Agency (NSA) collecting German emails, online chats and phone calls and sharing some of it with the country's intelligence services in Berlin on July 27, 2013. AFP PHOTO / JOHN MACDOUGALL (Photo credit should read JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images) | Getty

NSA leaker Edward Snowden continued to wrong-foot the media on Thursday, as he was granted temporary asylum in Russia and left the Moscow airport where he'd been staying, all without any reporters catching wind of it.

Articles in various outlets made sure to mention Snowden's successful subterfuge.

"After weeks staying out of sight from hordes of reporters desperate for a glimpse of him, Snowden managed to slip away in a taxi without being spotted," Reuters wrote.

"Despite the heavy presence of news organizations at the airport, his departure was apparently not spotted by media," was how the BBC put it.

It's all par for the course for Snowden, who famously got a planeload of journalists to make an unnecessary flight from Moscow to Havana because they thought he would be on the plane.

Though the drama of Snowden's legal status has come to a temporary end, it remains to be seen whether journalists will once more turn their focus from international diplomacy to the substance of his leaks.

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