Why Edward Snowden Is Looking to Ecuador for Asylum

An outdoor screen in Hong Kong shows an Edward Snowden interview. An outdoor screen in Hong Kong shows an Edward Snowden interview. Vincent Yu/AP

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden fled Hong Kong for Russia this weekendand is ultimately seeking asylum in Ecuador, despite the U.S.'s revoking his passport in an effort to prevent his escape.

Ecuadorian foreign minister Ricardo Patiño Aroca tweeted Sunday that the country had received Snowden's request for asylum, and WikiLeaks also said in a statement that Snowden was "bound for the Republic of Ecuador via a safe route for the purposes of asylum."

Snowden's precise final destination is still in flux -- one source told a Russian news agency that he's actually headed for Caracas, Venezuala -- but both Latin American countries would be logical options for the fugitive government contractor. Venezuela's anti-American tendencies are well established, and current president Nicolas Maduro emulates his predecessor, Hugo Chavez, in nearly every way. But Ecuador, too, has emerged as an unexpected refuge for renegades who spill U.S. secrets.

Stay up-to-date with federal news alerts and analysis — Sign up for GovExec's email newsletters.
FROM OUR SPONSORS
JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Close [ x ] More from GovExec
 
 

Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from GovExec.com.
We think these reports might interest you:

  • Sponsored by G Suite

    Cross-Agency Teamwork, Anytime and Anywhere

    Dan McCrae, director of IT service delivery division, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

    Download
  • Data-Centric Security vs. Database-Level Security

    Database-level encryption had its origins in the 1990s and early 2000s in response to very basic risks which largely revolved around the theft of servers, backup tapes and other physical-layer assets. As noted in Verizon’s 2014, Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR)1, threats today are far more advanced and dangerous.

    Download
  • Federal IT Applications: Assessing Government's Core Drivers

    In order to better understand the current state of external and internal-facing agency workplace applications, Government Business Council (GBC) and Riverbed undertook an in-depth research study of federal employees. Overall, survey findings indicate that federal IT applications still face a gamut of challenges with regard to quality, reliability, and performance management.

    Download
  • PIV- I And Multifactor Authentication: The Best Defense for Federal Government Contractors

    This white paper explores NIST SP 800-171 and why compliance is critical to federal government contractors, especially those that work with the Department of Defense, as well as how leveraging PIV-I credentialing with multifactor authentication can be used as a defense against cyberattacks

    Download
  • Toward A More Innovative Government

    This research study aims to understand how state and local leaders regard their agency’s innovation efforts and what they are doing to overcome the challenges they face in successfully implementing these efforts.

    Download
  • From Volume to Value: UK’s NHS Digital Provides U.S. Healthcare Agencies A Roadmap For Value-Based Payment Models

    The U.S. healthcare industry is rapidly moving away from traditional fee-for-service models and towards value-based purchasing that reimburses physicians for quality of care in place of frequency of care.

    Download
  • GBC Flash Poll: Is Your Agency Safe?

    Federal leaders weigh in on the state of information security

    Download

When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.