HAVANA TIMES — Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa today criticized a Washington Post editorial which comments on Quito’s “double standard” in connection with the request for political asylum made by former US Secret Service agent Edward Snowden, DPA reported.
“The Washington Post is accusing Ecuador of having a ‘double standard’. What a nerve!” Correa commented in his Twitter account, posing the following question to his followers: “Do you realize the power of the international media? They’ve managed to focus our attention on Snowden and the ‘evil’ countries that ‘support’ him, making us forget the terrible things about the United States and the world he brought to light.”
Following another post, Correa shared the following quote: “The world order is not only unjust, it is immoral.”
Correa also commented on the Washington Post’s statements with a popular Ecuadorian expression: “This is probably the year’s caretucada (a bare-faced lie).”
On Monday, the Washington Post published an editorial titled “Snowden case highlights Ecuador’s double standard”, underscoring the fact that Ecuador’s media law currently prohibits the divulging of secret information of the kind revealed by Snowden, who ought to be “particularly interested” in that law.
Pointing out that Ecuador’s US trade preferences expire next month, the editorial concludes that “If Mr. Correa welcomes Mr. Snowden, there will be an easy way to demonstrate that Yanqui-baiting has its price.”
Ecuador’s government is reviewing the asylum request made by Edward Snowden, who is apparently in Moscow at the moment.
“Ecuador is considering the request,” Foreign Minister Ricardo Patiño declared in Vietnam on Monday.