June 27, 2013
Ecuadorian authorities did not issue any travel document for fugitive former CIA employee Edward Snowden, wanted by the United States for leaking state secrets, Ecuador’s acting foreign minister said on Wednesday.
“This is untrue. No Ecuadorean consulate has ever issued a passport or other document [to Snowden],” said Galo Galarza, who is standing in for the country’s foreign minister Ricardo Patino, who is currently on a tour of Asia.
Galarza’s statement was posted on the website of private Ecuadorian TV station Teleamazonas.
On the same day, Latin American news website Univision Noticias published a “safepass” in Snowden’s name purportedly issued by the general consul of Ecuador in London “to allow the bearer to travel to the territory of Ecuador for the purpose of political asylum.” Calls to the Ecuadorian consulate in London to verify the authenticity of the document went unanswered on Thursday morning.
Patino said in a Twitter message earlier Wednesday that that his government could take “a day, a week, a month or even two months as it was in [WikiLeaks founder Julian] Assange’s case” to decide whether to grant asylum to Snowden.
This article was posted: Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 4:51 am