PolygamousRanchKid writes "Joe Biden, the American vice president, has telephoned the president of Ecuador to ask him not to grant asylum to Edward Snowden. Rafael Correa, speaking on Saturday during his weekly televised address, said that the "cordial" conversation took place on Friday. "He asked that we please reject the asylum application that Snowden has made," said Mr Correa, according to Ecuadorean newspaper El Telegrafo. "But for us to be able to assess the application, Mr Snowden has to be inside Ecuadorean territory. When he is there, we can consider the application."
Mr Correa, whose Left-wing government is frequently at odds with the United States, said he told Mr Biden that Ecuador had requested the extradition of two of its citizens – a request with the US ignored. Roberto and William Isaias, who ran the collapsed bank Filanbanco, are wanted in Ecuador – having fled to Miami in 2003. They deny all allegations of corruption.
"He said to me that Mr Snowden is a fugitive of American justice and doesn't have a passport. So I replied, well, the Isaias brothers are fugitives of Ecuadorean justice, and they don't have passports, but you won't extradite them to us. The only difference is that the Isaias brothers have already been sentenced.""
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