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All of those people - millions in Ecuador, billions around the world - are potential terrorists. Not because they believe in communism or anarchism or are intrinsically evil, but simply because they are desperate.
In most countries, decisions on political asylum would not normally involve the head of state. Not so in Ecuador, where – very much influenced by the anti-US stance of Venezuela and, latterly, Bolivia – such decisions are viewed through a highly visible political prism.
The case of Mr Snowden was complicated when an aircraft thought to be taking him - and Bolivian President Evo Morales - from Moscow to La Paz was refused flying rights by a number of European countries. Ecuador was criticised for allowing its ambassadors in Washington and elsewhere to happily exchange e-mails on the affair, e-mails that were subsequently…leaked. The Quito government’s embarrassment was aggravated by the actions of an embassy official in London, who appeared to have signed a safe-conduct letter for Mr Snowden about which an irritated President Correa was later forced to deny all knowledge. The official in question was reportedly summoned to Ecuador to face punishment for his actions.
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Official name: República del Ecuador (Republic of Ecuador)
Head of State: President Rafael Vicente Correa Delgado (from 2007; re-elected 26 Apr 2009 and 17 February 2013)
Head of government: President Rafael Correa (since 15 January 2007).
Ruling party: Movimiento PAIS (Patria Altiva i Soberana) (Proud and Sovereign Fatherland Movement)
Area: 270,670 square km
Population: 16.03 million (2014)*
Official language: Spanish
Currency: US dollar (US$) = 100 cents
Exchange rate: US$1.00 per US$ (Sep 2015)
GDP per capita: US$6,286 (2014)*
GDP real growth: 3.64% (2014)*
GDP: US$100.76 billion (2014)*
Labour force: 4.48 million (2010)
Unemployment: 5.00% (2014)
Inflation: 3.59% (2014)
Oil production: 556,000 bpd (2014)
Balance of trade: -US$637.80 million (2013)
* estimated figure