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And where in the world is it Edwards noted the NSA leaker a no show for a flight he reportedly was set to take.
From Moscow to Cuba another leg in his quest for -- still in landing in Russia this weekend after hiding out in Hong Kong.
And secretary of state John Kerry -- to get consequences for China and Russia if they failed to cooperate with the US on Edwards noted.
You know it would be deeply troubling obviously if they have adequate notice and notwithstanding that -- make a decision willfully to ignore that and not live.
By the standards of.
And -- now making his way to Ecuador the small south American nation.
Reviewing the accused felons request for asylum -- another born in US Ecuador relations and joining us now from Washington we've got the former State Department.
Foreign service officer now at Heritage Foundation James Roberts thanks for being with -- James yelled.
In Latin America thought it was a Venezuela and the late shot as about they hated us now turns out that would -- they -- is too.
The you know president roughed up -- is always enjoyed thumbing his nose at the United States its popular Thomas -- those government.
And so sure this is a great opportunity it's also an excellent illustration.
It's a real case study of what we talk about in The Heritage Foundation Wall Street Journal in this economic freedom a low score for Ecuador problems with rule of law problems -- press freedom.
Illustrated in this case along -- pulling the curtain back a little on.
China's long term -- economic strategy China has a sweetheart deal with Ecuador president -- For heavy crude which in fact is and -- -- in the United States and then re exported it's product to China.
And the US taxpayers are actually on in -- written.
Unwillingly Arabia unknowingly subsidizing this because that -- comes in -- duty free under the Andean trade preference act so.
A lot of hitters seeing things your reading of -- to -- and in this case -- that preference -- you just mentioned it sounds like a trade treated me.
You argue it's no longer even necessary because -- got that free trade treaty with nations would actually like down there.
Right well with with with nations that like the free market a democracy like Peru and Colombia they were benefits beneficiaries of that -- twenty years ago but they've graduated to free trade agreement with the United States.
Which kicked out the US ambassador in the USA -- in the drug enforcement streets in several years ago.
Congress voted in President Obama -- in 2009 and their -- broke preferences and their benefits are the only one left now is Ecuador.
And I argue -- a piece I just did on the of the corner national review online that congress should day and the preference for Ecuador because of actions like like this when.
-- now you're in the foreign service I wasn't so forgive me if this is an incredibly stupid question but.
One -- what are award -- say come on and Snowden we grant you.
Could we ever trying to render him if he goes -- for a walk snatch him put a -- on on and taken back the US or would that be wrong.
Well in the United States is a country that that'll be observed rule of law so we wouldn't operate like that but we might -- text extradite him and there is an extradition treaty that dates back to nineteen century however.
There's an out cause there's a kind of an escape clause for Ecuador for what they call political crimes.
And maybe this will follow that as -- it's famous case with Julian Assange at the Ecuador embassy in London has for the last year so.
I wouldn't hold your breath about the United States being -- extradite Edwards Snowden from Ecuador and even though the the United States has revoked his passport.
-- have you know originally when he came out of the league's public governments have no big deal it's been going on snow but what was the problem now suddenly to big national security risk.
The -- interest -- to watch this space thanks for being with us today James Roberts.
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