- Gentlemen, start your drones: Judge’s ruling opens door for commercial use
- Soldier who hid, bragged about not saluting flag to be punished — in secret
- ‘Maverick’ of the seas: ‘Top Gun’ school for U.S. ship officers to launch
- Putin declares Sochi Paralympics open amid Ukrainian protest
- ‘In Jesus name, we pray’ sparks ire at Ohio council meeting
- Navy’s first laser weapon ready for prime time; drone killer to deploy this summer
- Billionaire backer: Rick Santorum ‘needs to be heard’ in 2016
- Obamacare fallout: 49 percent pessimistic; 45 percent ‘scared’
- DHS accused of holding U.S. citizen at airport, using emails to pry into her sex life
- Seattle socialist: Minimum-wage discussion skewed by ‘right-wing’ GAO analysis
Ecuador: No travel document issued to NSA leaker
Ecuador's government said Thursday that a refugee travel document issued to National Security Agency leaker is unauthorized and invalid, which likely explains why Edward Snowden, whose U.S. passport has been revoked, is approaching his sixth day in the transit lounge at a Moscow airport.
“The government of Ecuador has not authorized the issuance of any safe pass or refugee documents that allow Mr. Snowden to travel to our country,” Ecuadorian Political Affairs Secretary Betty Tola told reporters in Quito.
“Any document on this matter does not have any validity and is the exclusive responsibility of who[ever] issued it,” Ms. Tola said.
Hong Kong authorities allow him to leave there Sunday, but his lack of valid travel documents will complicate his future travel.
Russian officials have said Mr. Snowden has not been admitted to their country but remains in an airport transit area. He and his traveling companion, a legal researcher from the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks, were booked on a flight to Cuba Monday but never boarded it.
Philip Peters, an adviser to the Cuba Working Group in the U.S. House of Representatives, wrote this week in his personal blog that Cuba declared seven years ago it would no longer harbor U.S. fugitives.
Mr. Peters, a Cuba analyst for the Lexington Institute, noted that the State Department appeared to have endorsed this claim from Havana by including it in its survey of global sponsors of terrorism published in 2006.
© Copyright 2014 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.
About the Author
Shaun Waterman is an award-winning reporter for The Washington Times, covering foreign affairs, defense and cybersecurity. He was a senior editor and correspondent for United Press International for nearly a decade, and has covered the Department of Homeland Security since 2003. His reporting on the Sept. 11 Commission and the tortuous process by which some of its recommendations finally became ...
- Senator's memo shows Iran links in Homeland Security's troubled immigration program
- Help wanted: Homeland Security plagued by vacancies at the top
- Dems back bill to fix problems in investor visa program
- Democrats proceed with Mayorkas vote despite pending investigation
- Game players don't think peace has a chance in Syria
Latest Blog Entries
TWT Video Picks
Taxpayers must pay the freight for over-budget train projects
- Kim Jong-un calls for execution of 33 Christians
- Rand Paul wins 2014 CPAC straw poll, Ted Cruz finishes a distant second
- Vietnam says it may have found door of missing Malaysian jet as intel look into stolen passports
- Bill Clinton cashes in on struggling nonprofit hospital
- Bill Clinton poses for photo with Bunny Ranch prostitutes
- Obama engages in Ukraine diplomacy from Fla. resort as Russia digs in
- CPAC 2014 straw poll results
- EDITORIAL: Senate rejects Adegbile for Justice post
- Italy outraged over U.S. gun dealer's 'David' ad
- U.S. pilot scares off Iranians with 'Top Gun'-worthy stunt: 'You really ought to go home'
Pope Francis meets his 'mini-me'
Celebrity deaths in 2014
Winter storm hits states — again