PIX11– Edward Snowden has captured the attention of the world. The former National Security Agency contractor is on the run. The government of Ecuador confirmed on Sunday that Snowden would like to end up there. And WikiLeaks has said it will help seek him asylum there.
As the United States sought to extradite Edward Snowden from Hong Kong on espionage charges, the ex-NSA analyst fled.
His destination was Moscow. The result was outrage from United States elected officials.
“And I believe this will have serious consequences for U.S. Russian relations,” said Senator Charles Schumer.
Snowden has admitted to leaking classified documents about U.S. surveillance programs.
The NSA chief commented on a network talk show on Sunday.
“The system did not work as it should have. He betrayed the trust and confidence in him. This is an individual with top secret clearance, whose duty it was to administer the networks, he betrayed that confidence and stole some of our secrets,” said NSA Chief Gen. Keith Alexander.
Ecuador’s foreign minister tweeted: “The Government of Ecuador has received an asylum request from Edward J. Snowden.”
And WikiLeaks released a statement earlier saying “He is bound for the Republic of Ecuador via a safe route for the purposes of asylum, and is being escorted by diplomats and legal advisers from WikiLeaks.”
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been inside Ecuador’s embassy in London for more than a year.
“Latin America has shown in the past ten years that it is really pushing forward in human rights,” said Assange.
Even though Snowden’s U.S. passport was revoked this weekend, Hong Kong officials say Snowden left lawfully. Hong Kong claims the U.S. extradition request did not fully meet its legal requirements. A claim the justice department disputes.
There have been reports that a car with diplomatic plates and an Ecuadorian flag was spotted at Moscow’s airport.
No matter where Edward Snowden ends up, U.S. officials say there are plans to go ahead and prosecute him.