Ecuador's foreign minister on Monday said protection for fugitive US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden was an issue of "freedom of expression" as his government analyses a request for asylum by the whistleblower.
Visiting Ecuador Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino talks to reporters as he leaves a hotel in Hanoi on June 24, 2013. He said his country was "analysing" a request for asylum by fugitive US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden who is currently in Moscow.
Snowden, a former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor, is in Russia after arriving Sunday from Hong Kong, hoping to win asylum in Ecuador and evade arrest after leaking sensational details of secret US surveillance programmes of Internet and phone data.
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