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PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) writes "Joe Biden, the American vice president, has telephoned the president of Ecuador to ask him not to grant asylum to Edward Snowden. Rafael Correa, speaking on Saturday during his weekly televised address, said that the "cordial" conversation took place on Friday. "He asked that we please reject the asylum application that Snowden has made," said Mr Correa, according to Ecuadorean newspaper El Telegrafo. "But for us to be able to assess the application, Mr Snowden has to be inside Ecuadorean territory. When he is there, we can consider the application."

Mr Correa, whose Left-wing government is frequently at odds with the United States, said he told Mr Biden that Ecuador had requested the extradition of two of its citizens – a request with the US ignored. Roberto and William Isaias, who ran the collapsed bank Filanbanco, are wanted in Ecuador – having fled to Miami in 2003. They deny all allegations of corruption.

"He said to me that Mr Snowden is a fugitive of American justice and doesn't have a passport. So I replied, well, the Isaias brothers are fugitives of Ecuadorean justice, and they don't have passports, but you won't extradite them to us. The only difference is that the Isaias brothers have already been sentenced.""

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  • Ecuador, Venezuela, Bolivia and Russia are examples of countries that pretend to be democracies, but in reality aren't.
    In reality, those are all dictatorships, masked as democracies.
    A country that kills political enemies, blatantly manipulates the media and elections, often with violence can't call itself a democracy.
    It's like calling Iraq in the Sadam Russein times a democracy.
    How can any objective third party believe in the Ecuador legal system ?
    Why do I say that ? I have a true story about Bolivia.
    Months

  • Just saying Mr Correa has a very valid point.

    • For all its troubles, the US has an open legal system.
      Unfair trials get widely criticized.
      I just can't say that much for a country like Ecuador that censors its own media in not so subtle ways.
      Any country without free press can't call itself a democracy.
      Brazil does have some media channels that are 100% in bed with govt, but also has many media channels that are very outspoken against the current govt.
      The US is the same.
      It's entirely possible that the Isaias brothers are innocent, convicted on fake charges,

      • a country like Ecuador that censors its own media in not so subtle ways. Any country without free press can't call itself a democracy. ....
        It's entirely possible that the Isaias brothers are innocent, convicted on fake charges, but that doesn't mean I believe it either way. ...
        Understand why I'm saying we must be skeptical ?

        Yes I do, and it's my bad (but great example of a media controlled person) bit of forethought could of led me to your point. This
        was one of the few times I've posted without researching the subject. I was going to Google the Isaias brothers and find out a bit
        about them but didn't, what you conclude could very well be the truth.

        Isaias brothers story:

        "The brothers argue the audit report is faulty and instead point to an Ecuadorean government auditor's report saying the bank was handed over in good condition i

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