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Ecuador Delivers Blow to Snowden’s Chances of Gaining Asylum There

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Edward Snowden, the leaker of sweeping U.S. surveillance, is running out of options as he waits in legal limbo at a Russian airport.

Ecuadoran President Rafael Correa said Monday his country is not considering Snowden’s asylum request and never meant to get involved, the Guardian reports.

That means Snowden’s fate rests largely in the hands of Moscow officials, who have tried to distance themselves from the case since the former NSA contractor landed at a Russian airport from Hong Kong. 

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

Moscow confirmed Monday that Snowden had applied for asylum in Russia, among other countries, but officials there have expressed hesitance about getting involved.

Russian President Putin Says He Had No Grounds to Arrest Snowden

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Russian President Vladimir Putin maintained Tuesday that he had no authority to take custody of the NSA leaker-turned-international fugitive, The Washington Post reports.

Both countries exchanged blows over the handling of Edward Snowden, who arrived in Russia from Hong Kong on Saturday.

Putin told the U.S. that he had no grounds to take Snowden into custody.

Secretary of State John F. Kerry responded that Russia was defying international convention by permitting a fugitive to be loose in an airport’s transit zone, the Post wrote.

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