rabble wrote:If Ecuador gets away with this, other countries will start telling the US "You don't want us to behave like that, do you? Let's discuss this trade agreement some more."
You have a point and we'll see if Ecuador is trying that tactic too. On the one hand:
In Ecuador's most extensive statement about the case, the foreign minister hailed Snowden on Monday as "a man attempting to bring light and transparency to facts that affect everyone's fundamental liberties."
On the other hand:
With unprecedented international attention focused on Ecuador, many citizens said they felt giving asylum to Snowden would be courting trouble for no reason, particularly with a key U.S. trade agreement up for renewal in coming weeks.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/2 ... 93911.html
I think they'll give him the asylum. Even though the citizens may not want the attention, I think Ecuador may want to send a message. It sounds like relations between them and the US hasn't been so hot anyway, so I don't know if they have much to lose.
Francis Di Domizio wrote:I don't think he dislikes the attention, but that doesn't mean his motivation was getting attention. He had to know that most of the attention would be of the negative variety.
I agree that seeking attention wasn't his only motivation, but I do think it played a part. I guess I feel this way given how he has been releasing information and the way he has been framing this. He really wanted everyone to know that it was HIM who leaked this info unlike Manning, who dumped it over to Wikileaks and was subsequently found out.
Snowden has secured himself a place is some history books and if all goes his way, he may very well live his life out in Ecuador. Of course they could have a change of government in the coming years that will eventually turn him over. The whole story is fascinating and we've probably all been flagged for talking about this