While NSA leaker Edward Snowden dodges U.S. authorities in a bid to seek asylum, his defenders are touting him as a crusading whistle-blower who should get refugee status. 

But, ironically, the countries he's using -- or trying to use -- to shelter him from U.S. charges have a spotty record at best when it comes to press freedoms and human rights. 

Here's a look at the countries that are, or may be, on the Snowden itinerary.