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Quito, Ecuador – 24 June 2013
1. Wide of Carondelet, Ecuador’s government palace
2. Ecuadorean flag flying over palace
3. Wide of people sitting in plaza in front of palace
4. SOUNDBITE: (Spanish) Mercedes Vera, Quito resident:
“I think he (Edward Snowden) should be helped because people who leave here (Ecuador) receive political asylum in other countries, so it’s good that people get it here also, political asylum.”
5. Wide of street in front of palace
Port-au-Prince, Haiti – 24 June 2013
6. Exterior of Hotel Oloffson, where Baltasar Garzon, former Spanish judge whose legal advice is being sought by Edward Snowden, is staying
7. Zoom in of Garzon carrying baggage
8. SOUNDBITE: (Spanish) Baltasar Garzon, former Spanish judge:
“At this moment I do not represent the interests of Edward Snowden. I put out a press release saying that first I have to speak to him and study the case, but at this moment I do not represent the interests of Mr Snowden. The press release sent out yesterday explains this.”
9. Garzon walking down hotel steps with baggage
Havana, Cuba – 24 June 2013
10. Wide zoom in to Morro Castle and Havana Harbour
11. Mid of people in street, Cuban flag flying
12. Wide of Old Capitol building with classic cars and bicycle taxi
13. SOUNDBITE: (Spanish) Zulema Cardozo, Havana resident:
“It would be a problem for us (if Snowden came to Cuba) but if he has a just cause, then it doesn’t matter, we will take on the responsibility.”
14. Wide of Cuban flag flying in wind
15. Various exteriors of Ecuadorean embassy
Confusion over the whereabouts of National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden grew on Monday after a plane took off from Moscow for Cuba with an empty seat booked in his name.
Snowden has applied for asylum in Ecuador and was expected to travel there with stops in Cuba and Venezuela.
He has not been seen since he arrived in Moscow on Sunday from Hong Kong.
The founder of the WikiLeaks secret-spilling organisation, Julian Assange, insisted he couldn’t go into details about where Snowden is, but said he was safe.
Snowden has applied for asylum in Ecuador, Iceland and possibly other countries, he said.
An Aeroflot representative who wouldn’t give her name told The Associated Press that Snowden wasn’t on flight SU150 to Havana, which was filled with journalists trying to track him down.
AP reporters on the flight couldn’t see him either.
In the Ecuadorean capital, Quito, on Monday one woman outside the Carondelet Government Palace said she thought Snowden should be given asylum.
“I think he should be helped because people who leave here receive political asylum in other countries, so it’s good that people get it here also,” said Mercedes Vera.
Snowden has requested the legal advice of former Spanish judge Baltasar Garzon, who is best known for indicting a totalitarian ruler, former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, in 1998, and trying to put him on trial in Madrid for crimes against humanity.
However, speaking outside his hotel in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Monday, Garzon said that at this moment he did not represent Snowden’s interests.
“First I have to speak to him and study the case, but at this moment I do not represent the interests of Mr Snowden,” said Garzon.
Despite Snowden having been expected to travel to Cuba en route to Ecuador, Havana’s government has not publicly acknowledged that he is headed to the Communist-run island.
US-Cuba relations have been strained for more than half a century and while both parties have met recently to discuss migration policies and direct mail service, some citizens are concerned that this new development with Snowden could affect a diplomatic breakthrough.
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