Biden Asks Ecuador’s President to Deny Snowden Asylum
(WASHINGTON) — In a phone conversation Friday, Vice President Joe Biden asked Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa to deny NSA leaker Edward Snowden’s request for asylum.
In what the White house is calling a friendly conversation, Correa told Biden that they can’t consider granting Snowden asylum until he is actually in Ecuador. He went on to say that, should the time come, they will consult with the United States before making any decision.
Correa also reportedly brought up the Roberto and William Isaias, two brothers of Ecuadorian nationality wanted for embezzlement. The two are living in Florida despite the Ecuadorian government’s attempt to have them extradited.
The White House said Biden and Correa addressed a wide range of topics in addition to Snowden, but did not provide any further details.
Snowden is currently believed to be in a Moscow airport’s transit zone waiting to see if any country will grant him asylum.
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