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Patino: if Snowden 'goes to the embassy , then we will make a decision'

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Beginning day five apparently holed up in a Moscow airport on Thursday, the intelligence leaker/asylum seeker Edward Snowden still has not be seen.

It may actually be months before Snowden hears from Ecuador regarding his request for asylum reports NDTV, in New Delhi.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is quoted in the report as saying:

"He has not violated Russian law, he has not crossed the border, he is in the transit zone of the airport and can fly anywhere that he wants."

Meanwhile, the Foreign Minister of Ecuador, Ricardo Patino, compared Snowden's case to that of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who was given asylum and is currently a resident in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London reports CBS news.

Patino also reminded gathered media in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia:

"It took us two months to make a decision in the case of Assange, so do not expect us to make a decision sooner this time."

As far as media knows, from WikiLeaks spokespersons, Ecuador appears to be the only place Snowden has officially applied to for asylum from U.S. prosecution.

When asked if Ecuador would be providing protection to Snowden, while considering his request for asylum, Patino said through a translator that if Snowden "... goes to the embassy, then we will make a decision."




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