US asks Ecuador to deny Snowden asylum

2013-06-29 22:29
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Quito - US Vice President Joe Biden asked Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa not to grant asylum to wanted whistle-blower Edward Snowden, Correa said on Saturday.

Biden said in the telephone conversation that Snowden was a fugitive from justice and did not have a valid passport.

Snowden has sought asylum in Ecuador, but has remained in a Moscow airport for days after fleeing the United States via Hong Kong.

He is accused of leaking information about a vast US spying programme that examined telephone and internet records.

Correa said he told Biden that Snowden's request could only be processed once he was on Ecuadorian soil.

Correa also noted that the US had not turned over to Ecuador brothers William and Roberto Isaias, who are wanted for banking crimes and also did not possess passports from their country.

The White House confirmed that Biden spoke with Correa, but did not provide a readout, except to say the men discussed Snowden's case.

The situation has strained relations between the US and Ecuador, with Ecuador claiming on Thursday it no longer wanted trade privileges granted by Washington.

Read more on:    edward snowden  |  joe biden  |  rafael correa  |  equador  |  us  |  privacy

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