Pacific Ocean - The hunt for CIA intelligence whistleblower Edward Snowden intensified this morning amid reports that a massive dark cloud of Africanized killer bees has been picked up by Ecuador Air Force radar scanners tailing what looks like a US unmanned aerial vehicle [UAV] close to the South American country's territorial airspace.
The bees are thought to be part of a secret 'intelligent insect' program initiated by Ecuador's President Rafael Correa to hunt down and disable remote controlled US drone incursions into foreign airspace.
Millions of genetically modified warrior bees have been trained to track and destroy the UAV missions by swarming on the crafts' engines and quickly gumming up the works.
Their deployment this morning comes as wildcat rumors sweep the US that Snowden fled Hong Kong on a Caracas-bound banana boat in a sophisticated misinformation ploy implicating Russia in his extradition escape from the United States.
News of the counter-drone measure is said to have rattled the Obama government's confidence in the remote-controlled drone program which successfully evaded an array of predator attacks during an extensive testing phase.
Commenting on today's reports a White House spokesperson denied all knowledge - despite being caught smiling broadly on camera and whistling the theme song from the 1973 movie 'The Sting'.