[Ecuadoran Foreign Minister Ricardo] Patino said Ecuador was still considering Snowden’s request for asylum while also delivering what appeared to be an impassioned defense of former the CIA contractor. Patino, whose government has been sharply criticized for silencing journalists at home, insisted that Snowden’s case was fundamentally one based on the principle of human rights and praised Snowden for disclosing a surveillance program that had affected nations around the globe.
He cited U.S. refusals to extradite bankers convicted in crimes in Ecuador, saying Quito was now free to exercise its “sovereignty” in the same way. When asked if he was concerned about damaging his nation’s economic relationship with Washington, Patino remained adamant.
“Ecuador puts its principles above its economic interests,” he said.
Hoo boy. I'm almost beginning to feel sorry for the US diplomatic establishment. After HK's eloquent fuck-you-and-lolno to the states, EC brings a bigger one.
I don't think Clinton's ordering the spicy soup today—plain noodles will do. Something about the excess perspiration these past few days...