“The Government of Ecuador has received an asylum request from Edward J. #Snowden,” Patino, who is on an official visit to Vietnam, said on Twitter.
Patino did not give additional details.
WikiLeaks spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson confirmed that Snowden had requested asylum in Ecuador. The anti-secrecy website had earlier said it helped Snowden find “political asylum in a democratic country”.
Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa has said Assange is right to fear he might be sent from Sweden, where he is accused of sexual assault, to the United States to face charges over WikiLeaks’ publication in 2010 of secret U.S. cables.
- Ecuador minister in UK for Assange talks (bigpondnews.com)
- We’ll stand by Assange: Ecuador (theage.com.au)
- 365 days on ice: Assange still holed up in Ecuador’s London Embassy (rt.com)
- Ecuador Analyzes Asylum For Edward Snowden (latinamericanow.com)
- Edward Snowden, NSA Whistleblower, Wins Unusual Sympathizers in Latin America (world.time.com)
- Julian Assange to receive visit from Ecuador’s foreign minister (guardian.co.uk)
- Ecuador ministers to discuss Assange (bigpondnews.com)
- Julian Assange’s human rights are being violated by UK, says Ecuador (guardian.co.uk)
- Julian Assange’s asylum stalemate no nearer resolution one year on – The Guardian (guardian.co.uk)
- Assange marks year holed up in Ecuador’s London embassy (japantimes.co.jp)