Well, here’s a thought:
I’ve been following the adventures of Edward Snowden, and it appears that no one has actually seen him in Moscow, where he was supposed to have spent the night after leaving Hong Kong. In addition to having booked a seat from Hong Kong to Moscow, Snowden had a seat on a flight to Havana that left Moscow without him today.
What if that were a feint. and he actually went in the other direction. VietNam might be a convenient stopover. There he could visit with the Ecuadorian foreign minister and, perhaps, hitch a ride to Ecuador.
What do y’ think?
Just for the heck of it, I plotted the journey from HongKong to HaNoi to Quito on a Google map. It’s a pretty straight shot.