Skip to comments.Ecuador breaks US trade pact to thwart 'blackmail' over Snowden asylum
Posted on 06/27/2013 5:10:48 PM PDT by kronos77
Government renounces Andean Trade Preference Act even as Snowden's prospects of reaching Ecuador from Moscow
The Guardian, Thursday 27 June 2013 19.56 BST Jump to comments (1069)
Ecuador's foreign minister Ricardo Patino (centre left). Snowden's asylum request has yet to be processed. Photograph: Edgar Su/Reuters
Ecuador has ramped up its defiance of the US over Edward Snowden by waiving preferential trade rights with Washington even as the whistleblower's prospect of reaching Quito dimmed.
President Rafael Correa's government said on Thursday it was renouncing the Andean Trade Preference Act to thwart US "blackmail" of Ecuador in the former NSA contractor's asylum request.
Officials, speaking at an early morning press conference, also offered a $23m donation for human rights training in the US, a brash riposte to recent US criticism of Ecuador's own human rights record.
Betty Tola, the minister of political coordination, said the asylum request had not been processed because Snowden, who is believed to be at Moscow airport, was neither in Ecuador nor at an Ecuadorean embassy or consulate. "The petitioner is not in Ecuadorean territory as the law requires."
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When a pipsqueak country like Ecuador gives Obama the back of their hand, you know he’s the biggest loser ever to lie his way into the presidency.
Even Biden is starting to look good.
The US under the Left—Klintoon ,etc —really dissed Ecuador, would not help them, like we avoided helping columbia until Bush came in...Ecaudor has been trying to build a decent capitalist free country and this Rafael Correa, Pres is a good guy.
Ecuador is now giving the finger to Obozo and good for Correa. The left in the US only wants to help Chavez and Castro ..not the true democracies that are struggling in S America!
Biden always looked better.
Biden is a dimwit and a scoundrel, but he’s just a run of the mill dimwit and scoundrel. He isn’t run by the Chicago crew like this guy.
Ecuador treats obama like a quivering pussy.
Jimmy Carter rejoices.
Correa is a Communist-lite, a Chavez-wannabe and extremely anti-American. Even when the courts rules for Shell in the environmental oil spill case, Correa refused to honor it.
Also, he has allowed FARC narco-communist Colombian terrorists to set up camps inside Ecuador.
Eventually he will be ousted or executed for treason but it might take a while since he has some protection from Castro, Maduro, Morales and maybe the Brazilian reds.
offered a $23m donation for human rights training in the US
And I’ll bet you can figure out who that 23 million
might go to...it sure wouldn’t be the Boy Scouts.
Imagine the situation --there's Obama telling Correa "Look here you little twerp, I OWN you, gimme Snowden or you can kiss that wonderful free trade agreement goodbye!" So what happens? The 'little twerp' says--
---because they got more loony left-wingers hating free trade than we do! Correa can't lose on this one, he flips off the US, he panders to the loony left, OK so the economy suffers but he'll just blame it all on Bush.
Under the gay leash of the Marxist Indonesian Impostor
Tyrant, the US has lost all respect around the world.
OK, I will check with my friend from s America...to verify what you say and get her opinion..thanks for posting .
Correa is a commie.
Chavez wannabe, but smarter with it.
Also benefited from his inability to totally destroy foreign oil principals, thus benefiting from the oil boom without totally screwing up the economy like Chavez did.
It’s not really a free trade agreement anyway. But if I know my history, Reagan’s Fault.
He’s actually got protection from high oil prices and the private expansion of oil production in Ecuador.
He has been much smarter than Chavez. Lots of noise on that front but the money keeps rolling in. Thats why he’s popular - collecting oil money and giving it away.
This can go on for a while.
Ecuador slapping Obama in his tutu.
What, because it doesn't have the words "Free Trade Agreement" in the title? Sounds like more of a distinction than a differnce
A good guy?
He is a communist .
JugEars likes to be b!tch slapped by third world dictators. He is jealous of them.
Again, if I recall correctly, the U.S. agreed to import stuff from Ecuador duty-free if it allowed us to try and eliminate it’s coca-production. If you were an American manufacturer, you were still SOL.