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Biden asks Ecuador not to take Snowden

Reuters, QUITO

Snowden’s lack of a valid travel document appears to be one of the primary obstacles to his leaving the transit area of the Moscow airport.

Without a passport, he cannot board a commercial flight or move through airport immigration, diplomacy experts say.

Ecuadoran Minister of Foreign Affairs Ricardo Patino on Thursday declined to comment on whether Quito would send a government plane to pick Snowden up, but Correa has indicated he does not have plans to provide Snowden with transport to an embassy.

Correa scoffed at reports that he himself had been aware that the document was issued or was involved in the decision.

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