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Why is Edward Snowden seeking asylum in Ecuador?

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Ecuador's Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino addresses a press conference in Hanoi on June 24, 2013. The Ecuadorean diplomat said his country was 'analysing' a request for asylum by fugitive US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden, who has likely 'already left Russia' according to Russian news agency Interfax. HOANG DINH NAM/AFP/Getty Images

First WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange sought political asylum at the Ecuadorian embassy in London. Now Ecuador has received an asylum request from former U.S. Intelligence contractor Richard Snowden and will process it when he arrives in the South American nation.

For more on Ecuador's emerging role in granting political asylum to whistle blowers is Riordan Roett, director of the Latin American studies program at Johns Hopkins University. 

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