NSA leaker and fugitive Edward Snowden’s prospects of being granted asylum in Ecuador are dwindling at a fast pace. Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is frustrating the Ecuadorians because he appears to be usurping the country’s leadership and calling the shots on Snowden. Ecuador has revoked Edward Snowden’s travel documents amid those concern. His father, Lonnie Snowden, may be onto something when he said his son would come back to the U.S. under certain conditions. Um, this is like a rerun of Tom Hanks’ “The Terminal.”
The plan to spirit the surveillance whistleblower Edward Snowden to sanctuary in Latin America appears to be unravelling amid tension between Ecuador’s government and Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks.
President Rafael Correa halted an effort to help Snowden leave Russia amid concern Assange was usurping the role of the Ecuadoran government, according to leaked diplomatic correspondence published on Friday.
Amid signs Quito was cooling with Snowden and irritated with Assange, Correa declared invalid a temporary travel document which could have helped extract Snowden from his reported location in Moscow.
Correa declared that the safe conduct pass issued by Ecuador’s London consul – in collaboration with Assange – was unauthorised, after other Ecuadorean diplomats privately said the WikiLeaks founder could be perceived as “running the show.”
Something must be going on because Wikileaks hasn’t really tweeted anything directly about Edward Snowden’s whereabouts. It speaks volumes that Lonnie Snowden says he believes his son is being manipulated by Wikileaks, a group that has’t always done the right thing.