--Finally, he promised that Ecuador would carefully study and consider Snowden's asylum request.
Will Ecuador's actions back up the words of Foreign Minister Patiño? Having previously provided political asylum to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, President Correa has shown that he possesses uncommon courage and leadership. It would be a shame to see Ecuador -- which prides itself on being an independent Latin American country that has repudiated the status of a banana republic -- buckle so soon under U.S. pressure.
As China's Global Times newspaper wrote upon Snowden's departure from Hong Kong: "We wish Snowden good luck in this difficult time. His personal fate will reflect the game between U.S. hegemony and global pursuit for fairness and justice."
Or as WikiLeaks tweeted on June 30, in response to a tweet wondering whether Christians ought to support whistleblowers Edward Snowden, Bradley Manning and Julian Assange: "For there is nothing hidden which will not be revealed, nor has anything been kept secret but that it should come to light."(Mark 4:22 )
Elizabeth Murray served as Deputy National Intelligence Officer for the Near East in the National Intelligence Council before retiring after a 27-year career in the U.S. government, where she specialized in Middle Eastern political and media analysis. She is a member of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS).
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