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June 27, 2013  

Snowden Looks to Ecuador for Asylum, But Is His Petition Insane?

Said by President Vladimir Putin to be holed up for a week in the diplomatic no-man’s-land of Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport with no place yet to go, NSA leaker Edward Snowden is coming to terms with how lonely covert operations can sometimes be. Still, he’s managed to put the squeeze on Ecuador (already sheltering Wikileaks’ Julian Assange at its embassy in London) to hurry things up—thereby causing a faceoff between his hoped-for asylum country and the United States over “consequences” for taking him in. President Rafael Correa has terminated a trade agreement with the U.S., saying he will not be bullied.

Leid Stories poses the question to listeners: Is it fair of Snowden, who voluntarily chose to do what he did, to create such havoc that could adversely affect 15 million people?

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