As for Snowden’s reported request to Ecuador for asylum, the country’s Foreign Minister Ricardo Patiño confirmed that the government is analyzing it. During a visit to Vietnam, Patiño said the request "has to do with freedom of expression and with the security of citizens around the world.” He also read aloud what he said was Snowden’s letter to Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa. The NYT reports that it is unclear whether Snowden would be allowed to travel further.
In case you missed our previous piece surrounding Snowden, below are a few important notes surrounding the tech surveillance issue to help clear a path through the mud:
1. According to the presentation leaked by Snowden, nine leading tech companies participate in Prism – but several have already come forth to angrily deny that. Google CEO and Chief Legal Officer Larry Page wrote a blog post to its users, wanting to clear the bad air surrounding the company’s alleged involvement.
“First, we have not joined any program that would give the U.S. government — or any other government—direct access to our servers,” Page wrote. “Indeed, the U.S. government does not have direct access or a “back door” to the information stored in our data centers. We had not heard of a program called PRISM until yesterday.”
2. The type of information that can reportedly be accessed through the Prism program include one’s search history, the content of emails, file transfers and live chats.