Ecuador now says #Snowden could get asylum "in a day"
— The Voice of Russia (@VoiceofRussia) June 27, 2013
Note addition of "in a day."
From the Hindu Business Line:
Moscow, June 27:
Ecuador said on Thursday that it could grant Edward Snowden asylum any day, fuelling fresh speculation that the US fugitive might soon depart Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International Airport.
Snowden’s asylum request could be decided “in a day, a week or – as happened with Assange – within two months,” Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino wrote on Twitter.
He said earlier reports had misquoted him as only saying that the decision could take as long as with Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, who was granted asylum by the Latin American country a year ago.
Reporters gathered at the airport for a fifth day on Thursday had been focused on a 2:05 pm (1005 GMT) flight to Cuba, from where he would be able to connect onward to Ecuador.
But neither Snowden nor Wikileaks activist Sarah Harrison, who has accompanied the whistleblower since he left Hong Kong on Sunday, were spotted on the flight to Havana.
I'm sensing high-stakes diplomatic negotiation!