Ecuador Snubs US Trade Pact To Escape Snowden 'Blackmail'

Law360, New York (June 27, 2013, 3:28 PM EDT) -- Ecuador reportedly said Thursday that it would renounce the benefits of a U.S. trade pact that's up for congressional renewal next month, calling the agreement an “instrument of blackmail" after the U.S. threatened to let it expire if Ecuador grants asylum to National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden.

The announcement, reported by the Associated Press and others, came amid threats from U.S. lawmakers that the Andean Trade Promotion and Drug Eradication Act would be in jeopardy if Ecuador gives legal asylum to Snowden, as the country...
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