Ecuador is backing off of their support of Edward Snowden - President Rafael Correa canceled his temporary travel document today. From the Guardian:
The plan to spirit the surveillance whistleblower Edward Snowden to sanctuary in Latin America appears to be unravelling amid tension between Ecuador's government and Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks.This essentially leaves Snowden completely stranded in Russia. With four laptop computers full of classified material. And no way to leave.
President Rafael Correa halted an effort to help Snowden leave Russia amid concern Assange was usurping the role of the Ecuadoran government, according to leaked diplomatic correspondence published on Friday.
Amid signs Quito was cooling with Snowden and irritated with Assange, Correa declared invalid a temporary travel document which could have helped extract Snowden from his reported location in Moscow.
Methinks that Putin has a big, shark-toothed grin on his face today...and Snowden looks like a rather tasty morsel at this moment.
Interestingly enough, Ecuador seems to be washing their hands of him:
On Thursday, Correa, who previously has hailed Snowden for exposing US spying, and has earned kudos for defying Washington pressure over the affair, reduced Snowden's chances of making it to Quito.To sum up, there is only one way for Snowden to apply for asylum in Ecuador now:
At a press conference the president declared the travel document invalid and said Ecuador would not consider an asylum request unless Snowden reached Ecuadorean territory, an increasingly remote prospect.
"The situation of Mr Snowden is a complex situation and we don't know how he will solve it."
Ecuador would not consider an asylum request unless Snowden reached Ecuadorean territory, an increasingly remote prospect.And all he needs to do now is outwit Putin to get there.