Correa to Biden: We'll grant Snowden asylum if you'll extradite the banksters
From an interview with Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino at Democracy Now:
Well, President Correa has made statements publicly with regard to that exchange. Vice President Biden asked President Correa not to grant asylum, and President Correa pointed out that the U.S. has not complied with its obligations to extradite corrupt bankers to Ecuador, and that caused a very grave financial crisis. So President Correa reminded Vice President Biden that that was the case. Sometimes it’s important to remind each other of such matters.
And, secondly, of course, we respect the opinions of the United States with regard to the asylum request of Snowden, but Ecuador will exercise its sovereignty in evaluating the asylum request. Suffice to say that it was a cordial exchange, and President Correa highlighted the cordial nature of the call, but did table the fact that Ecuador has been requesting the extradition of these bankers for a number of years, and that Ecuador is happy to hear the opinions of the United States on a variety of issues, but will make its own decisions.
Biden to Patino:
BIDEN: BWA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA!!!! What a kidder. C'mon, Rick. Tell Vinny to get serious.
Yes, Joe Biden is famously cordial. No doubt that's why Obama had him run his errand.