From: El Telegrafo, Ecuador
Galo Galarza, the chancellor in charge of Ecuador, said today that the government of Ecuador has not given any documents to the ex-CIA technician Edward Snowden, who has been in Moscow since last Sunday when it emerged that he sought asylum in Quito, Ecuador after revealing secret wire tapping programs and internet spying.
“He (Snowden) has no documents issued by the Ecuadorian government such as a passport or refugee card as has been mentioned,” said Galarza, on a television broadcast in Ecuador.
On Monday, the founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, said Snowden had received a refugee document to travel from the Government of Ecuador, since the United States has revoked his passport.
Snowden “received a refugee document from the Government of Ecuador”, Assange said Monday in a conference call with reporters in which he clarified that this does not mean that the country already requested granted asylum.
Snowden, the ex- CIA technician and employee of the National Security Agency (NSA), revealed on June 9th in the British newspaper, The Guardian and in the US newspaper, The Washington Post, that the NSA and the FBI have access to millions of phone records protected by the Patriot Act, which was passed after the attacks of September 11, 2001 in USA.
Subsequently these diaries revealed a secret program known as PRISM that allows the NSA to enter directly into the servers of nine of the largest U.S. Internet companies like Google, Facebook, Microsoft or Apple, in order to spy on foreign contacts of terrorism suspects.
The ex-analyst for the CIA, Snowden spent his third day stuck in the transit area of Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport without clarifying the country he was traveling to in order to escape U.S. justice.
“The Government of the Russian Federation mentioned that he (Snowden) can freely move,” said Galarza in Quito.
The young American traveled last weekend in Hong Kong to Moscow, aided by WikiLeaks, to evade extradition by the United States.