90.9 WBUR - Boston's NPR news station
Top Stories:
PLEDGE NOW
Here and Now with Robin Young
Public radio's live
midday news program
With sponsorship from
Mathworks - Accelerating the pace of engineering and science
Accelerating the pace
of engineering and science
Monday, June 24, 2013

Ecuador Considers Snowden’s Asylum Request

This photo provided by The Guardian Newspaper in London shows Edward Snowden, who worked as a contract employee at the National Security Agency, on Sunday, June 9, 2013, in Hong Kong. (The Guardian/AP)

This photo provided by The Guardian Newspaper in London shows Edward Snowden, who worked as a contract employee at the National Security Agency, on Sunday, June 9, 2013, in Hong Kong. (The Guardian/AP)

Where in the world is Edward Snowden?

The former National Security Agency contractor who leaked information about the NSA’s extensive phone and internet surveillance fled Hong Kong for Russia yesterday.

Russian news reported Snowden was there, and planned to fly to Latin America via Cuba. But Snowden failed to board the flight to Cuba on Monday.

Snowden has requested asylum from Ecuador. The foreign minister of Ecuador, Ricardo Patino Aroca, said the country is considering the request, and confirmed that Ecuador had been in contact with Russia regarding Snowden’s status.

The United States is seeking to extradite Snowden and prosecute him on espionage charges.

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, who is himself avoiding prosecution by living in Ecuador’s embassy in London, is expected to comment later this morning on his group’s involvement in Snowden’s search for asylum.

Guest:


Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
Robin and Jeremy

Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson host Here & Now, a live two-hour production of NPR and WBUR Boston.

October 20 Comment

Alternate Routes: Lasting Impressions From The Road

Our digital and social media producer Rachel Rohr is back from a month-long trip cross-country, talking with young Americans.

October 20 Comment

Mario Batali Goes Farm To Table

The chef and restaurateur discusses the "farm to table" trend and shares recipes with a hearty and rustic twist.

October 17 3 Comments

Toll Lanes: Coming Soon To Almost Every Major City In Florida

Reporting by the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting found the toll lanes are developed without much public input, and without reliable knowledge of the cost.

October 17 Comment

USAID: Challenges And Small Victories In Liberia

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has killed more than 4,500 people in the region with an estimated 8,900 more people currently infected.