Snowden and the Politics of Asylum in Ecuador

Friday, 19 July 2013 | A Public Affair

The United States government and media is just in no position to criticize any of these countries because it’s so much worse here. I mean who has a secret illegal prison in Guantanamo and tortures people on a regular basis? Who’s dropping drones and killing people on a regular basis?“- Mark Weisbrot

There has been a lot of discussion as of late about Ecuadorian-U.S. relations, especially in regards to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden attempting to gain asylum in that country. On Friday July 19th, host Esty Dinur spoke with both Mark Weisbrot, the co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, and Dr. Ronn Pineo, Chair of the Department of History at Towson University about the latest news on Ecuador. During the first half of the show, Dinur talked with Weisbrot about why Snowden would consider seeking international asylum in Ecuador, as well as how the United States’ mainstream media is sharing this news compared to Ecuador’s mainstream media. For the second half of the show, Dinur interviewed Dr. Ronn Pineo about the history of Ecuador and how they have progressed through the years.

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