QUITO, 23 JUNE: US whistleblower Edward Snowden has asked for asylum in Ecuador, its foreign minister today said as the ex-NSA contractor seeks to escape US justice for revealing a vast phone and Web snooping drive.
Ecuador is led by President Rafael Correa, an outspoken leftist and critic of the USA in the mold of his late mentor, Hugo Chavez of Venezuela. Ecuador has been sheltering WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at its London embassy for the past year.
Ecuadoran Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino made the announcement of Snowden’s asylum request on his Twitter account. He did so from Vietnam where he was on an official visit.
Mr Snowden, whose passport the US government revoked today, has arrived in Moscow from Hong Kong, where he had first fled with a trove of secrets taken from the National Security Agency. Reports said he was headed to Caracas, Venezuela. afp
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