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Thu Jun 27, 2013, 08:25 PM

 

'World Order Unjust And Immoral!' Ecuador’s Correa Rips Into Snowden Coverage

Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa came up with scalding online remarks over criticism his country faced from the US press for potentially granting asylum to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

“They’ve managed to focus attention on Snowden and on the ‘wicked’ countries that ‘support’ him, making us forget the terrible things against the US people and the whole world that he denounced,” Correa said Wednesday in response to a Tuesday Washington Post editorial.

“The world order isn’t only unjust, it’s immoral,” Correa added.

The US newspaper accused Correa of adhering to double standards in the NSA leaker case, as Ecuador is considering harboring Snowden from prosecution over US espionage charges. It descried the Ecuadoran president as “the autocratic leader of a tiny, impoverished” country with an ambition to replace the late Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez as “the hemisphere’s preeminent anti-US demagogue”.

The Washington Post lashed out at a legislation recently adopted by Ecuador, saying that it diminishes freedom of press. It also said Ecuador is profiting from duty-free trade with the US while criticizing Washington’s policies.

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http://rt.com/news/ecuador-correa-us-snowden-306/

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 08:28 PM

1. well he's right but that doesn't mean he's not cutting a deal with the USA

that will benefit both, to the detriment of Snowden.

Let's hope so, the US and Ecuador should work things out and attempt to mitigate against Chinese ownership of Ecuadoran resources (rainforest, world survival, climate, indigenous destruction).

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 08:30 PM

2. To what 'world order' is he speaking?

 

The one where women are killed for the crime of being raped? The one where you aren't allowed to speak about homosexuality to your children? The one where drug cartels leave beheaded bodies lying about as warnings?

No, I think Correa is speaking only about 'his' world. I haven't heard much from Ecuador about trying to help the other parts.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 08:30 PM

3. Correa hadn't spoken publicly yet. I'm guessing his real outrage is in being caught saying

his gov't didn't give the travel document and then having everyone realize someone wasn't being honest.

Correa may use Snowden as a pawn anyway. When the Belarus President wanted Correa to extradite someone, Correa made the guy come down to Ecuador and sign a few sweet trade deals in exchange. After that was done, the judiciary in Ecuador overturned the guys extradition and let him stay. I don't know if that would work twice.

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Response to okaawhatever (Reply #3)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 08:36 PM

6. Yeah, look over here! Not over there at what my country blew..

Ecuador denies giving Snowden a travel document: report

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10023107941

Ecuador threatens legal action against leaker of invalid travel document for Snowden

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10023114430

Wait.. What is going on!?

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Response to Cha (Reply #6)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 08:42 PM

7. Is it beyond hypocritical that Correa is threatening legal action for whoever

leaked the documents?

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Response to okaawhatever (Reply #7)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 09:09 PM

12. yeah, it is!

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Response to Cha (Reply #6)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 09:04 PM

9. The leaker of the leaked leaker's leak document?

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Response to flamingdem (Reply #9)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 09:08 PM

11. No wonder I'm,

leakered out! rofl

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 08:33 PM

4. Correa is acting very strange.

 

He's mad about the Washington Post's editorial?

It's an editorial in a newspaper, not an official US position.

Maybe he thinks the US government has the ability to shut down this editorial, similar to what his government does in his country.

Ecuador recently passed a law which shutdown broadcasters and regulates websites:

BOGOTA -- Ecuador passed a sweeping media bill Friday that will shutdown many private broadcasters and regulate everything from reader comments on websites to the percentage of foreign music that can be played on the radio.

The Communications Law is the latest salvo in President Rafael Correa’s war on what he calls the “corrupt press.” But free speech advocates worry that the law will be used to cow the media and silence critical voices.

http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/06/14/3452126/ecuador-broadcasters-fear-being.html

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Response to Cali_Democrat (Reply #4)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 08:36 PM

5. He could be pissed because he was looking forward to sheltering someone from the fascist U.S.

 

But then discovered that Snowden really is a loon with practically nothing of value on his laptops.

If even Wikileaks' attorneys don't want Snowden...there must be something (i.e. nothing) there.

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Response to randome (Reply #5)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 09:05 PM

10. Pretty soon Eddie will call Ecuador and just get

"que??" "no hablo ingles" "snowden quien"

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Response to Cali_Democrat (Reply #4)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 09:01 PM

8. Yeah, he probably got confused.

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