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U.S BlackMails Ecuador over Snowden through economic terrorism
06-27-2013, 10:39 PM, (This post was last modified: 06-27-2013, 10:50 PM by mexika.)
U.S BlackMails Ecuador over Snowden through economic terrorism
The other tactics used by governments are 'Black Mail'. This one is economic terrorism on Ecuador's economy for giving Snowden Asylum. LawMaker "We will not tolerate bad behavior". Dictating to a little boy or those nations they deem as theirs to do and manipulate as they want, even at the expense of whole masses of people who are dependent on jobs in Ecuador through exports. As was stated, government could care less, what they seek is obedience to authority and that authority is Wash-in-Tone..... I guess we will be seeing a lot of Andean Aliens coming to the United States for Yobs...


Published on Thursday, June 27, 2013 by Common Dreams

Ecuador to US: We Won't Be 'Blackmailed' over Snowden

Vowing not to be bullied, nation cancels trade pact preemptively and offers US human rights training

- Jon Queally, staff writer

The clear message from the Ecuadorean government on Thursday is that it would not be bullied or 'blackmailed' by the US government over the possible asylum of Edward Snowden.

At a government press conference held in Quito, officials said the US was employing international economic "blackmail" in its attempts to obtain NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, but that such threats would not work.

Snowden, who remains inside an airport terminal in Russia, has become a flashpoint between Ecuador and the US after confirmation that the 30 year-old intelligence contractor has sought asylum in the Latin American country.

Ecuador indicated its offer of 'human rights assistance' to the US could be used to help address its recent problems with torture, illegal executions, and the attack on the privacy of its citizens.

On Wednesday, led by Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), the US threatened to deny Ecuador preferential trade status if it accepted Snowden's application for political asylum after he leaked a trove of classified documents that revealed details about the NSA's vast surveillance programs in the US and abroad.

“Our government will not reward countries for bad behavior,” Menendez said in a statement from Washington. “If Snowden is granted asylum in Ecuador, I will lead the effort to prevent the renewal of Ecuador’s duty-free access under GSP and will also make sure there is no chance for renewal of the Andean Trade Promotion and Drug Eradication Act. Trade preferences are a privilege granted to nations, not a right.”

But on Thursday, Ecuador nullified the US threats—and made it clear it would not be intimidated by the global superpower—by proactively cancelling the trade agreement.

"Ecuador unilaterally and irrevocably renounces these preferential customs tariff rights," government spokesman Fernando Alvarado said at the news conference.

"Ecuador will not accept pressures or threats from anyone, and it does not traffic in its values or allow them to be subjugated to mercantile interests," he said.

Alvarado, who called threats from the US over trade arrangements a form of "blackmail,” said Ecuador’s government would not only willingly accept the loss of approximately $23 million in trade benefits, but in addition would offer a gift, in the form of an aid package of the same amount, that would be directed to provide human rights training in the United States.

According to reports, Ecuador indicated the money could be used to help the US address its recent problem with torture, illegal executions, and the attacks on the privacy of its citizens.

As Agence France-Presse reports, the trade agreement between Ecuador goes back decades:

The United States is Ecuador's main trade partner, buying 40 percent of the Andean nation's exports, or the equivalent of $9 billion per year.

The preferential trade program was set to expire on July 31 unless the US Congress renewed it. The arrangement, which dates back to the early 1990s, originally benefited four Andean nations and Ecuador was the last country still participating in it.

And Reuters adds:

Never shy of taking on the West, the pugnacious Correa last year granted asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to help him avoid extradition from Great Britain to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning over sexual assault accusations.

The 50-year-old U.S.-trained economist won a landslide re-election in February on generous state spending to improve infrastructure and health services, and his Alianza Pais party holds a majority in the legislature.

Ecuadorean officials said Washington was unfairly using the Andean Trade Promotion and Drug Eradication Act, which provides customs benefits in exchange for efforts to fight the drug trade, as a political weapon.

The program was set to expire at the end of this month.

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06-27-2013, 11:17 PM,
RE: U.S BlackMails Ecuador over Snowden through economic terrorism
LOL @ "a trove of documents"

ONE powerpoint of which 4 slides made it to the public is now classified a "trove" ?

Next they will be saying up is down and black is white.
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07-01-2013, 03:30 AM, (This post was last modified: 07-01-2013, 03:45 AM by JFK.)
We don't want your stinkin trade agreement Wrote:Snowden Scrap: Ecuador Thumbs Nose at Washington

By Johannes Schneider in Quito, Ecuador
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Ecuador's President Rafael Correa may have no other choice politically but to grant Edward Snowden asylum.

In the latest tit for tat in the controversy over Edward Snowden's asylum application, Ecuador has terminated a trade agreement with Washington. President Rafael Correa will score points for standing up to the US, but some worry sanctions could follow.

Tensions continue to simmer between Washington and Quito over the Edward Snowden affair. After the United States threatened to eliminate special trade benefits with Ecuador, the South American country unilaterally moved on Thursday to terminate a trade benefits deal with the country. A short time later, the US said it would also review trade advantages given to Ecuador.

For Washington, the latest developments are a further setback in the diplomatic nightmare surrounding whistleblower Snowden, who has been on the run since leaking documents about collossal American and British Internet spying programs to Britain's Guardian newspaper. Washington's threatening gestures come at an opportune time for politicians in Quito.

In Ecuador, few believe that a trade deal in place with the US since 1991 will be extended. Numerous conflicts already existed between the two countries even before the Snowden affair.

In 2009, for example, President Rafael Correa ordered the closure of an American military base on the Ecuadorean coast. It's a move the president made despite the fact that the trade benefits had been quid pro quo for Ecuador working together with the United States to fight drug smuggling. In 2012, Correa duped Washington yet again by offering Julien Assange political asylum in Ecuador. The WikiLeaks founder then took refuge in the Embassy of Ecuador in London and has been living there ever since.

Recently, Washington returned the favor with its harsh criticism of Ecuador's suppressive new media law. When American Ambassador Adam Namm visited a protest event against the law in May, Correa grumbled that Namm was a troublemaker who shouldn't be interfering in the affairs of others.

"It been clear to the Ecuadorian government for a while that the trade agreement would not be extended," Santiago Zeas, a political analyst at Quito's El Comercio newspaper said. In recent days, politicians have said on the television that if the deal is suspended, the shortfall in revenues could be made up through government subsidies for the export industry. In light of this, it's not surprising that Ecuador reacted so quickly to threats from Washington.

Correa Doesn't Fear Sanctions

The development does in fact offer some advantages for Quito. It will enable Correa and his supporters to even more assertively present themselves as champions of freedom of opinion. At the press conference Thursday in which Ecuador terminated the trade benefits, Correa's spokesman thumbed its nose even further at Washington by offering the US $23 million a year in aid -- approximately the volume of the savings accrued through the trade benefits -- in order to improve the humanitarian situation in the United States. The funding, spokesman Fernando Alvarado said, could be used to help "avoid violations of privacy, torture and other actions that are denigrating to humanity."

Correa would love nothing better than to position Ecuador as fearless while disparaging the more powerful US. "It has always been very important for Correa to show that he isn't obedient to the US," German political scientist and Ecuador expert Jonas Wolff of Peace Research Institute Frankfurt told SPIEGEL ONLINE. He added that Correa is notorious for hours-long speeches in which he rants against American imperialism.

And even if he didn't want to, given the current escalation, Correa likely has no other choice politically than to offer Snowden asylum. He would lose face if he decided to reject the application. And even if there had been the possibility of some kind of trade deal between the US and Ecuador, Washington's latest menacing gestures appear to have nixed that opportunity once and for all.

But while Ecuador's leaders may be showing demonstrative strength against Washington, many Ecuadoreans view their actions with concern. They fear that positive economic developments in Ecuador could be imperiled if the US moves to impose sanctions on the country.

"This is an irresponsible decision that is solely inspired by political and ideological interests and not what an (elected) representative should base his decisions on -- the welfare of the people," Blasco Peñaherrera, head of the Ecuadorian chamber of commerce, told Ecuadorian news agency EFE. After describing it as a "hostile act," he also expressed his worry that the US might respond with sanctions.

"Edward Snowden is a courageous man," said Zulema Mera, a schoolteacher in Quito. "I support us letting him in, but I am also afraid that by doing so we are going to create an opponent that could be too powerful for us."
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07-01-2013, 06:48 AM,
RE: U.S BlackMails Ecuador over Snowden through economic terrorism
Incidentally, the economic terrorist who made such threats in Wash-in-tone, was a puppet Latino...
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