Ecuador says #Snowden asylum safe conduct pass not valid
Ecuador's diplomatic mission in London issued a safe-conduct pass so National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden could travel to Ecuador to seek political asylum, but the action was unauthorized and the pass is invalid, government officials said Thursday. ....
[T]hey scrambled to explain a single-page, unsigned letter dated June 22 that says Snowden has the right to travel to Ecuador for purposes of political asylum, and asks other countries to allow him safe passage. The letter was published by the Univision television network Wednesday night.
Secretary of Political Management Betty Tola told a news conference the safe-conduct pass "has no validity and is the exclusive responsibility of the person who issued it."
Another government official said that while the document is authentic, it was issued without approval from the Foreign Ministry or other officials in the capital and thus has no legal power. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter.
Tola told reporters that Snowden's asylum application hadn't been processed because he was not in Ecuador as required by law.
That's some catch.
[Tola] also threatened legal action against whoever had leaked [Not a leak, surely?] the document. She and other officials offered no further details about his case.
An unsigned letter? Huh? How does that happen? But no wonder Snowden didn't board that flight!