Snowden seeks asylum in Ecuador, says diplomat


This photo provided by The Guardian Newspaper in London shows Edward Snowden, who worked as a contract employee at the National Security Agency, on Sunday, June 9, 2013, in Hong Kong. The Guardian identified Snowden as a source for its reports on intelligence programs after he asked the newspaper to do so on Sunday. (AP Photo/The Guardian)

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) -- Ecuador's foreign minister says that the former National Security Agency contractor wanted for revealing classified secrets is seeking asylum in the South American country.

Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino says on his Twitter account that "the government of Ecuador has received a request for asylum on the part of Edward Snowden."

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