A day after President Obama downplayed how much his administration is doing to get back NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, Vice President Joe Biden spoke with Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa about the case. Correa said that Biden requested Ecuador not grant Snowden asylum in the country.
According to USA Today, Correa revealed a few details about his private conversation with Biden.
Rafael Correa said he had a “friendly and very cordial” conversation with Biden, and told the vice president that Ecuador hadn’t sought to be put in the situation of deciding whether to harbor an American fugitive. Correa said Ecuador can’t consider the asylum request until Snowden is on Ecuadorean soil.
“The moment that he arrives, if he arrives, the first thing is we’ll ask the opinion of the United States, as we did in the Assange case with England,” Correa said. “But the decision is ours to make.”
Earlier this week, Ecuador broke off its trade pact with the United States in response to “blackmail” over Snowden seeking asylum, and even offered a 23 million dollar donation to the U.S. for human rights training.
The vice president has not spoken out publicly on the NSA leaks or Snowden, but after the initial surveillance stories broke, a clip of Biden denouncing such programs in 2006 went viral.
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