Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa on Sunday said that the fate of National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden is in the hands of Russia, where he is currently staying, awaiting asylum from the South American country.
“This is the decision of Russian authorities,” Correa told the Associated Press in an interview. “He doesn’t have a passport. I don’t know the Russian laws, I don’t know if he can leave the airport, but I understand that he can’t. At this moment he’s under the care of the Russian authorities.
Correa said that Ecuadorian officials would only consider an asylum request if Snowden was able to make it to an embassy or their country.