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Ecuador's government thumbed nose at washingt

Cermank
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6/28/2013 11:36:58 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
Ecuador's leftist government thumbed its nose at Washington on Thursday by renouncing U.S. trade benefits and offering to pay for human rights training in America in response to pressure over asylum for former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden.

The angry response threatens a showdown between the two nations over Snowden, and may burnish President Rafael Correa's credentials to be the continent's principal challenger of U.S. power after the death of Venezuelan socialist leader Hugo Chavez.

"Ecuador will not accept pressures or threats from anyone, and it does not traffic in its values or allow them to be subjugated to mercantile interests," government spokesman Fernando Alvarado said at a news conference.

In a cheeky jab at the U.S. spying program that Snowden unveiled through leaks to the media, the South American nation offered $23 million per year to finance human rights training.

The funding would be destined to help "avoid violations of privacy, torture and other actions that are denigrating to humanity," Alvarado said. He said the amount was the equivalent of what Ecuador gained each year from the trade benefits.

"Ecuador gives up, unilaterally and irrevocably, the said customs benefits," he said.

An influential U.S. senator on Wednesday said he would seek to end those benefits if Ecuador gave Snowden asylum.

Snowden, 30, is believed to be at Moscow's international airport and seeking safe passage to Ecuador.

The Andean nation's government denies reports that it provided a travel document to the former National Security Agency contractor, whose U.S. passport has been revoked.

The government has not been able to process his asylum request because he is not on Ecuadorean territory, another government official said.

COMBATIVE CORREA

Never shy of taking on the West, the pugnacious Correa last year granted asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to help him avoid extradition from Great Britain to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning over sexual assault accusations.

The 50-year-old U.S.-trained economist won a landslide re-election in February on generous state spending to improve infrastructure and health services, and his Alianza Pais party holds a majority in the legislature.

Ecuadorean officials said Washington was unfairly using the Andean Trade Promotion and Drug Eradication Act, which provides customs benefits in exchange for efforts to fight the drug trade, as a political weapon.

The program was set to expire at the end of this month.

An OPEC nation of 15 million people, Ecuador exported $5.4 billion worth of oil, $166 million of cut flowers, $122 million of fruits and vegetables and $80 million of tuna to the United States under the Andean trade program in 2012.

Termination of the benefits could hurt the cut flower industry, which has blossomed under the program and employs more than 100,000 workers, many of them women.

Critics of Correa say Ecuador's embrace of Assange - and now possibly Snowden - is hypocritical given what they say is his authoritarian style and suppression of media at home.

Supporters of Correa say he has simply taken on media and business elites who were trying to erode what the president calls his "Citizens' Revolution."
Cermank
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6/28/2013 12:31:52 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At a press conference to discuss the accusations, an N.S.A. spokesman surprised observers by announcing the spying charges against Mr. Snowden with a totally straight face.

"These charges send a clear message," the spokesman said. "In the United States, you can"t spy on people."
wrichcirw
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6/28/2013 12:53:46 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
This whole thread is so bizarre. I swear I was reading the Onion when I first looked at the OP. And then the NSA deal about not spying.

I'm going to go jerk off now, since I don't live in Texas.
At 8/9/2013 9:41:24 AM, wrichcirw wrote:
If you are civil with me, I will be civil to you. If you decide to bring unreasonable animosity to bear in a reasonable discussion, then what would you expect other than to get flustered?
Cermank
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6/28/2013 1:03:33 PM
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At 6/28/2013 12:53:46 PM, wrichcirw wrote:
This whole thread is so bizarre. I swear I was reading the Onion when I first looked at the OP. And then the NSA deal about not spying.

I'm going to go jerk off now, since I don't live in Texas.

I hope you realise you are jerking off to the NSA spying.
wrichcirw
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6/28/2013 1:05:20 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 6/28/2013 1:03:33 PM, Cermank wrote:
At 6/28/2013 12:53:46 PM, wrichcirw wrote:
This whole thread is so bizarre. I swear I was reading the Onion when I first looked at the OP. And then the NSA deal about not spying.

I'm going to go jerk off now, since I don't live in Texas.

I hope you realise you are jerking off to the NSA spying.

Well, that's one way to get rid of a stiffy. :o
At 8/9/2013 9:41:24 AM, wrichcirw wrote:
If you are civil with me, I will be civil to you. If you decide to bring unreasonable animosity to bear in a reasonable discussion, then what would you expect other than to get flustered?
RoyLatham
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7/3/2013 1:07:06 PM
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Ecuador has completely backed off:

Ecuador is not considering Edward Snowden"s asylum request and never intended to facilitate his flight from Hong Kong, president Rafael Correa said as the whistleblower made a personal plea to Quito for his case to be heard.

Snowden was Russia"s responsibility and would have to reach Ecuadorean territory before the country would consider any asylum request, the president said in an interview with the Guardian on Monday.

"Are we responsible for getting him to Ecuador? It"s not logical. The country that has to give him a safe conduct document is Russia."

The president, speaking at the presidential palace in Quito, said his government did not intentionally help Snowden travel from Hong Kong to Moscow with a temporary travel pass. "It was a mistake on our part," he added.


http://beforeitsnews.com...

Note that he must first manage to reach Ecuador and then must apply for asylum, with no assurance it would be granted.

The big question is whether this means Correa will lose his position as left wing dictator that leftists most like to fawn over. I don't think so. Like authoritarian dictators Castro and Chavez, he can qualify under the innocent-victim-of-American-imperialism clause.

In Correa's favor as leftist dictator of the moment are new moves to eliminate the free press in Ecuador. http://www.buzzfeed.com... That's sure to boost his standing among dictator fans.