UPDATE: Ecuador offers NSA whistleblower and fugitive Edward Snowden asylum
It looks like former NSA worker Edward Snowden has found a country that will hide him from the long arm of American law. In the latest development in this scandal, it appears the dictatorial and repressive regime of Ecuador's Rafael Correa has granted Snowden asylum.
Ecuador is an interesting choice by this self-described champion of privacy and basic liberties since under Correa, Ecuador has become one of Latin America's worst offenders of personal and press liberties in the region. As an admitted admirer of Cuba's murderous dictator Fidel Castro, Rafael Correa has been systematically dismantling and destroying the freedoms of the Ecuadorean people and as he has publicly promised, replacing it with a Cuban-style totalitarian state.
In China, Russia, Cuba, Venezuela, and Ecuador, Snowden has chosen an interesting cadre of repressive countries in which to hide. And from the looks of his travel itinerary, this defender of liberty does not seem all too interested in setting foot again in a free country.
Snowden on the run, seeks asylum in Ecuador
Moscow (CNN) -- The man who leaked details of U.S. government surveillance programs was on the run late Sunday, seeking asylum in Ecuador with the aid of the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks, the organization and Ecuador's Foreign Ministry announced.
Edward Snowden, the onetime contract analyst for the National Security Agency, left Hong Kong after the U.S. government sought his extradition on espionage charges, WikiLeaks said. He landed in Moscow, where a CNN crew spotted a car with diplomatic plates and an Ecuadorian flag at the Russian capital's international airport.
WikiLeaks, which facilitates the publication of classified information, did not disclose what country would be Snowden's final destination. But Ecuador has already given WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange refuge in its embassy in London for a year after he unsuccessfully fought extradition to Sweden in British courts.
And Washington is asking Ecuador, as well as Cuba and Venezuela, not to admit Snowden, a senior Obama administration official told CNN on Sunday. The United States also is asking those countries to expel him if they do admit him, the official said, and a source familiar with the matter told CNN that the U.S. government has revoked Snowden's passport.
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