Ecuador President Correa: “It Was a Mistake” to Help Snowden

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Today we learn that Ecuadorean president Rafael Correa is throwing Edward Snowden under the bus.

Ecuador is not considering Edward Snowden’s asylum request and never intended to facilitate his flight from Hong Kong, president Rafael Correa said as the whistleblower made a personal plea to Quito for his case to be heard.

Snowden was Russia’s responsibility and would have to reach Ecuadorean territory before the country would consider any asylum request, the president said in an interview on Monday.

“Are we responsible for getting him to Ecuador? It’s not logical. The country that has to give him a safe conduct document is Russia.”

The president, speaking to the Guardian at the presidential palace in Quito, said his government did not intentionally help Snowden travel from Hong Kong to Moscow with a temporary travel pass. “It was a mistake on our part,” he added.

UPDATE at 7/2/13 10:06:54 am

Map: Tracking How Countries Are Answering Snowden’s Asylum Requests

Snowden is alone in a vast, dark ocean full of sharks.

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