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Fugitive Snowden seeks asylum in Ecuador
US lawmaker says Snowden should return to US to face espionage charges amid reports the former contractor is seeking asylum in Ecuador.
WikiLeaks has brokered an offer of political asylum in Ecuador for United States intelligence whistleblower Edward Snowden.
Ecuadorean Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino has confirmed that his government “has received an asylum request from Edward J Snowden”.
WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange this morning welcomed Educador’s decision to assist Mr Snowden.
Moscow bound: Supporters of Edward Snowden march to the US Consulate in Hong Kong.
Moscow bound: Supporters of Edward Snowden march to the US Consulate in Hong Kong. Photo: Reuters
“I would urge the Government of Ecuador to accept Ed Snowden’s asylum application,” Mr Assange said by telephone from Ecuador’s embassy in London.