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Snowden’s Asylum in Ecuador Might Take Weeks

Edward Snowden, the controversial intelligence leaker of US and UK surveillance, had Russia protect him by allowing him to hide in a Moscow airport. Now, he is seeking asylum in Ecuador, but it might take him weeks before he is given legal protection by the country.

Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino said that Ecuador took at least two months to grant Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks, asylum and the case might be similar to Edward Snowden. The US has threatened Ecuador with economic sanctions if they grant Snowden asylum. US Senate Foreign Relations Committee Robert Menendez said that he was ready to end preferential trade access for Ecuador if they do not comply.

Wikileaks had also granted legal support for Snowden, still in hiding in an airport in Moscow. Snowden is said to be accompanied by one of Wikileaks’ legal advisers at all times.

Patino compared the case of Julian Assange and Edward Snowden, the former still living inside the Ecuadorean embassy in London for a year. Patino said that if Snowden goes to an embassy, then he himself will make a decision. Ecuador would first evaluate human rights before making a decision as to granting asylum for Snowden.

Edward Snowden revealed the activities of the US National Security Agency and the UK’s Government Communication Headquarters in “spiking” diplomat mobile phones during the G-8 summit held on London this month.

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