Ecuador Starts to Back Away From Snowden, Assange
Its ambassador to the US knocks appearance of Assange 'running the show'
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 28, 2013 5:31 PM CDT
A TV screen shows a news report of Edward Snowden.   (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

(Newser) – The helping hand Julian Assange is lending to Edward Snowden might be turning into more of a chokehold: The Guardian reports that leaked diplomatic correspondence out of Ecuador shows that President Rafael Correa is somewhat cooling to Snowden's plight and growing weary of Assange. Ecuador's ambassador to the US apparently told a presidential rep, via note, that the WikiLeaks founder is hogging the spotlight and the reins: "I suggest talking to Assange to better control the communications. From outside, [Assange] appears to be running the show," the Guardian reports her as writing.

The Wall Street Journal specifically cites a note sent by Assange on Monday to Ecuadorean officials in which he said he hoped his role wasn't perceived as bothersome —while going on to share PR advice. The Journal also reports that Correa yesterday distanced Ecuador from the travel document Snowden is said to have obtained from the country with Assange's help, saying that if such a document had actually been given to Snowden, "the person who issued it will be totally without authority and [the document] would have no validity." The Guardian adds that Correa yesterday said Snowden would need to get to Ecuadorean territory for his asylum request to be considered; the paper calls that "an increasingly remote prospect."

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Who_Cares
Jun 29, 2013 10:44 AM CDT
They using our taxpayers money to terrorize the world and I like it.
kawahchan
Jun 29, 2013 10:05 AM CDT
(R) 2014 & 2016 Gov. RICK PERRY Report: When the Conservative Republicans are mature enough, they are not interested in any leakage about what Barack Obama government doing. The American Republican CIA think Russian President Vladimir Putin has miscalculated those curiosities of those American young generation's so-called Revolution with a black man Barack Obama.
Wrongdirection
Jun 29, 2013 9:21 AM CDT
If what, is in this article has any truth to it, It can only mean one thing; (tell him I owe him a beer) The CIA is covering for the NSA and bribes the Ecuadorian Officials. It's true the CIA pays off officials of other countries! I'm sure something is amist here! So, Here again it show's that our government is criminal, even if Snowden isn't a poster boy, neither is our Government, Who's going after Them? Anyone want to Protest and get this whole package straightened out, along with some other things our government need to stop doing and somethings it needs to do!!!