As an aside, I didn't know Correa was a U of I grad. His adviser was Werner Baer.
The rest of the article jives with the BBC article though, I'm glad to see that someone in the U.S. government is trying to de-escalate the diplomatic situation. And I'm glad to see Ecuador's government seems to willing to back away a bit as well.
I wonder who the bankers that Correa refers to are, I wasn't aware the U.S. was guarding that many people from Ecuadorean justice? And I wonder what will happen to the London consul?
"While granting the Isaias Dassum brothers their motion for summary judgement, the judge added that even though the defendants may have indeed committed the “wrongs” claimed, the way the government of Ecuador has handled the situation back in their country is, again, “inconsistent with U.S. law and policy.”
Am I nuts in thinking there is no logical reason to apply U.S. law and policy to a crime committed by Equadorian citizens in Equador?
Quite frankly, Correa has a point. The Dassum brothers picked one of the safest countries in the world for corrupt bankers to flee to, but if anything would get them extradited it would be a swap for Snowden. If I were them, I'd be heading for another nation friendly to corrupt bankers, such as the U.K..
In any case, if such a hardliner backpedals, I'm afraid there's no safe country for Snowden. He's good in Moscow transit zone as anywhere.
But then, in a good conspiracy spirit, it might as well be the plot played out by the Russians :)
Maybe that's why Biden has to take a hard line; he can't afford to offend the NSA.
After all Snowden managed to leave the Hong Kong airport somehow, presumably the HK authorities (not to mention the airline) would have wanted to see some documentation of permission to travel?
Edit: On the other hand, maybe you're right. This ABC News article seems to say that Univision has confirmed that the safe pass had been generated under the direction of Pres. Correa. http://abcnews.go.com/ABC_Univision/ecuador-issues-denials-s... and only after Univision got wind of it was it disavowed.
Still a mystery is why they bothered to disavow the safe pass at all. Perhaps the problems with Assange?
Rafael Correa @ MashiRafael June 28
No more time to demonstrate "spying" of Ecuador. It is shown that it was just another farce as "punishment" for "rebellious".
Rafael Correa @ MashiRafael June 26
Things ... denounced against the American people and the world. "The world order is not only unjust, it is immoral."
International ...? They have managed to focus on Snowden and the "evil" countries that "support", making us forget the terrible ..
June 26: Hypocrisy of the century: The Washington Post "accuses" Ecuador of double standards. See the power of the international press? They've managed to focus attention on Snowden and on the "evil" countries that "support" him, making us forget about the terrible things he reported against the American public and the whole world.
Fascinating. Suddenly this grandiose talk we've heard regarding Ecuador's "principals" is gone, and now it's about what the US can do for Ecuador. It's almost as if Ecuador doesn't really give a shit about human rights.