London - Princess Margaret's ex-husband Anthony Armstrong Jones, a.k.a. the Earl of Snowdon, has issued a statement denying he is a notorious CIA intelligence whistle blower currently trawling dodgy Latin American countries for asylum.
"Bugger orf," the septuagenarian growled at QM-NewsCorpse reporters this morning who were asking for an interview, "can't you see I'm busy?"
Snowdon was earlier spotted in a Moscow Krasnoludki International Airport transit lounge, tapping furiously at a laptop keyboard in anticipation of being made an honorary citizen of Ecuador or maybe even Venezuela.
His marriage to the Queen's sister was dissolved in 1978 after 18 years of bitter fighting over what the Earl considered were petty gripes - including being made to call the Missus 'Your Royal Highness' even in bed, according to The Sunday Dirtbag which carried the exclusive ex-po-say.
Snowdon was eventually pensioned off by Buckingham Palace which secretly bought the copyright to his colorful matrimonial memoirs - and promptly incinerated them a Windsor Castle bon fire.
Today's sighting at the Russian airport has been described as a case of mistaken non-entity by diplomatic sources.
The Duke of Edinburgh is 105.