Ecuador to U.S.: Argue against Snowden asylum in writing
June 26th, 2013
05:54 PM ET

Ecuador to U.S.: Argue against Snowden asylum in writing

By Josh Levs, Jethro Mullen and Michael Pearson

Edward Snowden may have no trouble staying longer in a Russian airport, and Ecuador wants the United States to argue in writing why he should not be given political asylum, the two countries said Wednesday.

The Ecuadorian government also took a swipe at Washington, rejecting what it called false and "detrimental" claims the U.S. government has made about Ecuador.

Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who leaked U.S. surveillance secrets, is in the transit area, between arrival gates and passport checkpoints, at Moscow's Sheremetyevo International Airport.

Russian President Vladimir Putin described Snowden Tuesday as a "free man."

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  1. Paddle App

    Putin says he is a free man! Keep hiring the liberals in top security clearance positions!

    June 11, 2017 at 6:54 pm | Reply
  2. John Smith

    America is the root of all terror. America has invaded sixty countries since world war 2.
    In 1953 America overthrow Iran's democratic government Mohammad Mosaddegh and installed a brutal dictator Shah. America helped Shah of Iran to establish secret police and killed thousands of Iranian people.
    During Iran-Iraq war evil America supported Suddam Hossain and killed millions of Iranian people. In 1989, America, is the only country ever, shot down Iran's civilian air plane, killing 290 people.
    In 2003,America invaded Iraq and killed 1,000,000+ innocent Iraqi people and 4,000,000+ Iraqi people were displaced.
    Now America is a failed state with huge debt. Its debt will be 22 trillion by 2015.

    June 27, 2013 at 11:09 pm | Reply
  3. David Thomas

    The NSA has been spying on American's for decades, nothing new.
    The only difference is the Technology has gotten better.

    June 27, 2013 at 8:07 am | Reply
    • Maersk

      The funny thing is that your uncle had been badmouthing China and accused them for hacking into his azz and stealing his chery for the last few years, then all of a sudden, he kept his kwok zucking mouth shut and stopped accusing the Chinese for hacking his azz. Obviously, the Chinese are laughing at your uncle right now all because of Edward Snowden.

      June 27, 2013 at 3:10 pm | Reply
  4. Michael J

    Go ahead Ecuador. Make our day. Give asylum to Snowden nd the US can stop accepting the millions in Ecuadorian goods it buys every year. 40 percent of all Ecuador exports go to the US. There goes 400K jobs in Ecuador. Oh well!!!!!!!!!

    June 26, 2013 at 9:56 pm | Reply
    • Arthur

      Can't agree with you. NSA is collecting surveillance on everyone including citizens of other countries. That is illegal.

      Snowden did a crime – yes. Did he share government secrets – hell no. He let the world know about PRISM.

      You can talk about national safety as much as you want but nobody wants to attack US. It is a myth. US was/is involved in more wars than any other nation in the world. The only nation that has used Atomic Bombs.

      I do like Americans as people but US government is a circus. A government that spends more money on war abroad (and still arguing it is for national safety... seriously?) than on education and welfare of American citizens deserves some criticism.

      And US is still a very powerful nation and it can damage Ecuador's economy.. but is that what civilized nation should do? because of what? that a CIA technician told the world that NSA is tapping everyone?

      June 27, 2013 at 2:00 am | Reply
      • USMC1371

        Name one of the major nations in the world that is not "tapping" both internal and external information?

        June 27, 2013 at 7:13 am |
    • Tarkin

      Hahaha – I guess now we know what Ecuador thinks of your plan to stick it to them via U.S. aid. THEY just offered US aid in the form of millions of dollars for "Human rights education" and unilaterally cancelled all the aid we provide them. Who the hell do you think the US is anymore? Go back to the 1950s idiot.

      June 27, 2013 at 1:07 pm | Reply
  5. TWA

    He will be caught sooner or Later. He is in way over his head, just be a matter of time. He broke the Law in a big way. People can argue for him but that will have no effect on what he has done.

    June 26, 2013 at 9:25 pm | Reply
  6. markdonners

    Americans and the depraved US government can rant and rave and gnash their teeth all they want, there's nothing whatsoeverthey can do about Snowden. They can't even harass Snowden, since he's safe and sound in a comfy hotel room probably taking a break from all the crazy "news" propaganda. Tough.

    June 26, 2013 at 8:21 pm | Reply
    • marcindc

      blah blah blah ... yawn.

      June 26, 2013 at 8:51 pm | Reply
    • Michael J

      Written like a mean Chinese cyberattacker!

      June 26, 2013 at 9:57 pm | Reply
    • TWA

      Just for the moment, there's always tomorrow.

      June 27, 2013 at 6:45 am | Reply
  7. George Patton-5

    No matter what the U.S. puts in writing, Ecuador has a moral obligation to grant Edward Snowden political asylum just to keep him out of the hands of the right-wing thugs in Washington. Otherwise, he'll share the fate of Julius and Ethel Rosen burg who were finally executed for something they never did back in 1953. His fate will be no better if they nab him. This right-wing mob mentality among the American people must cease!!!

    June 26, 2013 at 7:46 pm | Reply

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