QUITO, Ecuador - Officials in Ecuador said Thursday Edward Snowden's request for asylum had not been processed because he had not reached any of its diplomatic premises. The minister for political affairs said Ecuador is waiving preferential rights under a U.S. trade deal to show its neutral approach to Snowden's asylum request. Snowden is believed to still be at Moscow's international airport.
Ecuador faces U.S. pressure to avoid giving asylum to Edward Snowden. Ecuador says it's not interested in tariff benefits on hundreds of millions of dollars in trade that are up for renewal by the U.S. Congress. In a deliberate sarcastic comment, another minister said Ecuador will donate $23 million a year to the United States for education on human rights