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UPDATE: Ecuador offers NSA whistleblower and fugitive Edward Snowden asylum

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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.

Via CNN:

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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20 comments to UPDATE: Ecuador offers NSA whistleblower and fugitive Edward Snowden asylum

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  • Dude is a hero. Period.

    And I do not use that word lightly.

    The narrative you should be acknowledging is of the irony of him having to flee an ostensibly "free" country by finding safety in the likes of China, Russia, Cuba, etc.

  • Gigi

    So much for fleeing to another democracy. I fear for the accidents that usually happen to people like him after a while. Only hoping he doesn't give away secrets to Correa, of all people. But I agree that Snowden has done something heroic that has alerted us to the Orwellian mess in which we find ourselves.

  • La Conchita

    If Snowden were really a spy, he would've just gone to the country he was spying for. Plus, why disclose everything to a British newspaper and start this whole episode and running around the world if he were just a plain spy. I know we don't like the Castro-loving countries of S America, but how's he going to seek asylum with any country that's a U.S. ally? It would never happen. I believe the guy is sincere about wanting to disclose all the spying the US Govt is now doing to everyday Americans (not just the "criminals"), all the while letting in 11 million illegals and not wanting to do anything to stop it.

  • La Conchita

    "this defender of liberty does not seem all too interested in setting foot again in a free country."

    This says more about what the United States has become, then it does about Snowden!

  • Honey

    I do not agree that he is a hero. I think he is a traitor.
    We all know that Obama and company are not to be trusted. We don't need this guy to give us more reason to think that.
    Why couldn't he go to the intelligence committee to a good conservative to say what he had? Are we supposed to believe that there is not one conservative in congress or at Fox News or Breitbart or anywhere that he could show a bit of what he had who would not eat it up and protect the source?
    Why, if he so loves freedom, and hates a strong arm of tyranny like what he thinks is governing us now, did he go to a communist country and then to another tyranny to find refuge? What if he had gone to Cuba? Would you still call him a hero?
    No, he is a traitor and has put many of our brave undercover people and Americans who are potential victims of future terrorism at risk.
    I don't have to love this administration or its evil ways to still find Snowden a traitor.

  • marhare

    Whether he is a hero or traitor, how has he "put many of our brave undercover people and Americans who are potential victims of future terrorism at risk"? I've read / heard of nothing to suggest that is the case.

  • Honey

    It seems to me if he has info on how we trace calls and whereabouts of people, that this can only help our enemies. Who benefits from details about our surveillance abilities besides our enemies? Any American who does not know by now that our government collects calls is not paying attention. I don't believe he is an idealist who wants to help Americans understand that they are being watched.
    But why is he running? If he had the goods that could destroy this administration forever, why would he run to communist countries? I do not trust him. Who is paying for his traipsing around from country to country? Why would he stop off in Russia and Cuba and choose Ecuador? These are not America's allies. So he is not a friend of Americans obviously. Why treat him as a hero in that case?
    This may, as I have said, all be a distraction from the many investigations going on about this administrations bad behavior.

  • La Conchita

    "Any American who does not know by now that our government collects calls is not paying attention."

    Yes! THAT IS EXACTLY THE PROBLEM!!!! and why this country's citizens have allowed themselves to be under the watchful eye of Government employees up to now, and even to the point of many thinking that it is "ok"... all for the sake of "security"!!!!

    This is what happened in 1959 in a country that many succumbed to calling the real heroes as "traitors"!

  • When the Castro government's practice of intercepting letters and listening in on phone calls is discussed, it's invariably labeled "tyranny", even as the government writes laws making the practices legal in the name of national security.

    When the US government engages in similar actions, it excuses itself by pointing to laws in place allowing it to do it in the name of national security.

    Go ahead and continue discussing Snowden... that's exactly what they want us to be doing.

  • Honey

    I am with Senator Cruz on this one. It is not the collection of data that worries me. We must do this in order to catch enemies without uniforms. But it is this administration that worries me, not the policy, but those who are in charge of the information.

    I despise moral equivalency. It is what I didn't like about Le Carre books. He often equated those who worked for the KGB with those who worked for the CIA, simply people doing their jobs for their countries. I am sorry America is not Cuba. And the revolutionaries against England were fighting tyranny in their day and we are lucky in our Founding Fathers.

    The Ladies in White are traitors to the Cuban "government". But they are fighting tyranny. Stop all of this moral equivalency.

    It depends on who is doing the fighting and against what. This is America, the greatest nation in the world and we are fighting terrorism and communism. If we have to rely on tracking phone records, so be it. How else do you suppose we will find these guys?
    But when Snowden and guys like that decide they know better than our own CIA, that is not so hot.

    But, all that said, going back to my original point, it gives me no comfort that it is this administration that I must rely on since I don't know whose side they are on. Are they with the terrorists or with Americans? I am not so sure.

    But I suspect Snowden is not as interested in undermining Obama as he is in undermining our intelligence services. Or is that a redundancy under the circumstances?

    I don't mind any analysis of this, but do not equate our Founding Fathers with those who want to destroy liberty, or Cuba with the ideals of our Constitution.
    The Founding Fathers understood spying even then, knowing that there are goodies and baddies in this world.

    Goodies, that's us, those on the side of right in the world. Baddies that's them, Islamists, communists, and those who want to destroy freedom in the world.

  • Speaking about moral relativity, about a year ago I recall reading (in this blog) a post or an entry listing Cuban government defectors who supplied the US government with intelligence on Cuba.

    We routinely label them as heroes.

    "In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act." - George Orwell

  • Call me capricious, but I think you can be outraged about the NSA and its unconstitutional data collecting and be outraged about this "leaker" taking refuge with our enemies and sharing our secrets with them. I know that's how I look at it.

    You don't have to consider Snowden a hero to be pissed off about the NSA, and you don't have to support the massive overreach of the U.S. government to consider Snowden a hypocritical ass.

  • Some of you would sing a different tune if only one detail of all this was changed: Snowden was a Cuban citizen.
    If Snowden worked for Cuban intelligence and did EXACTLY the same thing and exposed EXACTLY the same overreaching, unconstitutional, unjust, and immoral overstepping power-grab by an out-of-control central government, every single one of you would acknowledge him for the brave PATRIOT and HERO he is.
    I think you've let your love for our adopted country lull you into an acquiescent state.
    Thank you Luis, Conchita, et. al. for preserving my sanity by showing me not all are lost...

  • Honey

    machete, not to beat a dead horse, but to compare someone trying to undermine the filthy tyranny of Cuba to someone trying to hurt Americans and help terrorists is a bit coy.
    Why do you defend the actions of someone who finds comfort in Hong Kong, Russia, Cuba or Ecuador. Are these, all enemies of freedom, and of the U.S., your idea of wonderful countries for him to seek asylum in? Doesn't that alone give you pause to defend him?

  • How in the world is Snowden "trying to hurt Americans" by telling them of the SECRET TYRANNICAL, IMMORAL SPYING its government is doing to them? And how in blazes is he helping terrorists? lol

    And the United States is, today, much closer to Cuba with regards to its government than you seem to realize.

    Also, you should read my first post again. I note: "the irony of him having to flee an ostensibly "free" country by finding safety in the likes of China, Russia, Cuba, etc."

    I moved to California. It is the Soviet Union of America. It loves to tax, hates guns, and is against so much of what I, a staunch freedom-loving libertarian, stand for. But ultimately, it's where I can be the best provider for my family. Likewise, Snowden's decisions have more to do with finding a place that is safe from the U.S.'s reach than it does with reaching some unattainable ideal.

    And, for your information, Hong Kong is actually an exceptionally free place, relative to the rest f the world - and in many ways more free than the U.S. In fact, the Heritage Foundation lists it as #1 in its world freedom index. Hong Kong received a score of 89.3, one of only five countries labeled "free." The United States is #10 and considered "mostly free." http://www.heritage.org/index/ranking

  • "Are they with the terrorists or with Americans? I am not so sure." Look at who their arming and you'll see what side they are on. It isn't ours.