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Snowden's Tour of the World's Least Press-Friendly Countries

| Mon Jun. 24, 2013 1:15 PM EDT

Last time we checked, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden had left Hong Kong with China's blessing and was headed to Moscow, reportedly in transit to Cuba and finally, Ecuador. (He's also expressed interest in getting to Iceland.) His current whereabouts are unknown. While we play "Where in the World Is Edward Snowden?," here's a quick look at the countries his odyssey has taken him to or may take him to, viewed through the lens of their relative records on press freedom, political liberties, and corruption, as determined by Reporters Without BordersFreedom House, and Transparency International:

Country Reporters Without Borders press freedom ranking (1=most free, 179=least) Freedom House press freedom score (0=highest, 100=lowest) Freedom House political rights/civil liberties ratings (1=highest, 7=lowest) Transparency International corruption perceptions ranking (1=least corrupt, 174=most)
United States 32 18 1/1 19
Hong Kong 58 35 14
China 173 83 7/6 80
Russia 148 81 6/5 133
Cuba 171 92 7/6 58
Ecuador 119 61 3/3 118
Iceland 9 14 1/1 11
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Thu Feb. 21, 2013 6:01 AM EST
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