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Ecuador FM confirms asylum request from NSA leaker

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Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino

The foreign minister of Ecuador says his country is considering a request for asylum from the National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden who is being persecuted by the United States.

Ricardo Patino also questioned on Monday the concept of treason charges against NSA leaker Edward Snowden, adding that the alleged US surveillance program is a rights abuse against the entire world.

“We will consider the position of the US government and we will take a decision in due time in line with the (Ecuadorean) constitution, the laws, international politics and sovereignty,” the foreign minister added.

Patino highlighted the importance of human rights principles as the most important consideration, noting that Ecuadorian officials are also considering “the consequences of our decisions.”

“Ecuador’s government has maintained respectful contact with the Russian government and has said that it is considering the asylum request,” Patino said.

On Sunday, Snowden arrived in Moscow after he left Hong Kong to avoid US extradition.

Meanwhile, Washington has reportedly revoked Snowden’s passport, with State Department spokesperson, Jen Psaki, saying the fugitive “should not be allowed to proceed in any further international travel, other than is necessary to return him to the US.”

Snowden leaked two top secret US government spying programs under which the NSA and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are eavesdropping on millions of American and European phone records and the Internet data from major Internet companies such as Facebook, Yahoo, Google, Apple, and Microsoft.

Several US government officials including President Obama and FBI director Robert Mueller have defended the secret spying programs claiming that they are essential to the fight against terrorism.


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  • Leech

    For those moronic amerikans who say, “I’m not doing anything wrong, I don’t care if they spy,” Der Spiegal writes that a “monitored human being is not a free one.”

    The NSA is in position to blackmail everyone in the House and Senate, in the White House itself, in all the corporations, the universities, the media, every organization at home and abroad, who has anything to hide.

    You can tell who is being blackmailed by the intensity of the squeals, such as those of Dianne Feinstein (D, CA) and Mike Rogers (R, MI). With any luck, a patriot will leak what the NSA has on Feinstein and Rogers, neither of whom could possibly scrape any lower before the NSA.

    “Let’s quit calling the NSA the National Security Agency. Clearly, NSA is a threat to the security of every person in the entire world. Let’s call the NSA what it really is – the National Stasi Agency, the largest collection of Gestapo in human history. You can take for granted that every media whore, every government prostitute, every ignorant flag-waver who declares Snowden to be a traitor is either brainwashed or blackmailed. They are the protectors of NSA tyranny. They are America’s enemies.” – Former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury.

    “With all due respect: These are the people who are supposed to be protecting our rights? If it wasn’t so frightening, it would be absurd.” – Minister of Justice, Germany.

    We have reached the point where we “free americans” have to learn from our (US-occupied) German puppets that we are not free.

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