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During a visit to Russia, Ecuadoran President Rafael Correa continued his criticism of the United States’ National Security Agency, which is currently embroiled in a worldwide scandal over allegations that the agency spied on world leaders.
As the White House is considering ending its eavesdropping on friendly foreign leaders, Correa lashed out at the U.S. for spying on leaders ranging from Brazil’s Dilma Rousseff to German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
“At first they said it was necessary for fighting against terrorism,” Correa said, according to Russian news agency RT. “I don’t know if Angela Merkel is a terrorist. I think it is clear they used surveillance programs for economic reasons, for helping their transnational companies.”
The Ecuadoran leader also said he believes that if these allegations were leveled against another country it would be put on international trial for such large-scale spying.
Correa’s comments came after a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has been another strong critic of the U.S. governments spy program. Russia granted temporary asylum to Edward Snowden, the former CIA employee and NSA contractor who revealed a number of classified documents about NSA surveillance practices.
Ecuador also granted Snowden asylum, but because of difficulties flying over the airspace of U.S. allies he choose to remain in Russia.
The latest fallout in the NSA scandal – which has threatened U.S. relations with Brazil, France, Mexico and Germany – has involved Spain....http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/news/2013/10/29/nsa-spying-scandal-ecuador-correa-slams-us-while-visiting-russia-as-spain-opens/