Ecuador Leader Says Biden Called Him About Snowden - Ecuador whimps out - NY TimesSubmitted by VietVet4Liberty on Sat, 06/29/2013 - 22:53
QUITO, Ecuador — President Rafael Correa of Ecuador said Saturday that Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. had asked him in a telephone call not to grant asylum to Edward J. Snowden, the fugitive former security contractor wanted in the United States.
Mr. Biden’s call to Mr. Correa, the highest-level contact between an American official and the Ecuadorean president since revelations about Mr. Snowden’s role in releasing classified N.S.A. documents, raised new questions about whether Ecuador is having qualms about granting asylum to Mr. Snowden.
White House officials have said in recent days that in their contacts with foreign governments about Mr. Snowden, they have warned those governments about the felony charges that Mr. Snowden faced in the United States and urged that they not further aid his international flight.