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Ecuador's foreign minister Ricardo Patiño (right) Snowden's asylum application is yet to be processed (Image: OAS)

In the latest episode of the ongoing saga over the travails of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, Ecuador has broken a trade pact with the USA in an attempt to pre-empt any attempt by Washington to use it to pressure them to hand him over.

The Ecuadorian government yesterday told reporters that it was renouncing the Andean Trade Preference Act in order to thwart US “blackmail” attempts over Snowden’s request for asylum in…

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