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Ecuador denies authorising 'safe passage' to Snowden

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June 28, 2013 01:59


Ecuador has denied ever authorising a "safe passage" travel document for US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden and said it would not be able to process his asylum request until he enters Ecuadoran territory.

"We confirm that the government of Ecuador has not authorised the delivery of any safe passage or refugee document that would allow Snowden to travel to our country," Political Issues Minister Betty Tola told reporters.

Tola added that Ecuador has not been able to process the US fugitive's asylum request "because the petitioner is not in Ecuadoran territory as the law mandates."

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, whose anti-secrecy website has assisted Snowden, said on Monday that Ecuador had given Snowden a "refugee document of passage" that would allow him to travel here.

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