Limited distribution: Embassy of Ecuador, Moscow (53.3 GB)
Emails and files from Ecuador's diplomatic mission to Moscow
Over 30,000 emails and 40,000 files from the Embassy of Ecuador, Moscow. The emails are dated between 2018 and March, 2022. The files contain dates from as early as 2013.
Due to considerable amounts of PII, the data is currently only available to journalists and researchers.
The Daily Dot has written about correspondence between Quito and the office of Sergey Lavrov. Ecuador was writing to inquire about coordination on the safe transfer of Edward Snowden in case they decided to grant him “international protection”.
In a letter the same day from Patricio Zavala the Moscow ambassador, to the Ecuadorian ministry of foreign affairs in Quito, the ambassador writes that Russia acknowledged receiving the request, and had asked for clarification on Ecuador’s legal standing.
“The Department of Latin America of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs … has requested to clarify what Ecuador refers to when it indicates its decision to grant ‘international protection’ since, according to the jurists of the Russian Foreign Ministry, in international law there is no such category.”
A few days later, Ecuador’s president was saying they would not consider Snowden’s asylum request until he was on Ecuadorian soil.
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