Ecuador FM says he doesn't know where Snowden is

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Ecuador's Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino speaks to reporters in Hanoi, Vietnam on Monday June 24, 2013. Patino said his country will act not on its interests but on its principles as it considers an asylum request from National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, wanted for revealing classified U.S. secrets. Patino said he could not comment on Snowden's location after the U.S. fugitive did not board a flight from Moscow to Cuba on which he was booked. (AP Photo/Tran Van Minh)
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HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Ecuador's foreign minister says he doesn't know where Edward Snowden is after the National Security Agency leaker failed to board a flight from Russia.

Ricardo Patino spoke Tuesday, a day after an Aeroflot plane with a seat registered for Snowden flew to Cuba without him. Ecuador is considering an asylum request from Snowden, who is wanted by the United States on espionage charges.

Patino told reporters in Hanoi, Vietnam, where he is traveling, "I don't know exactly where he is right now."

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has said Snowden was safe but he couldn't elaborate. The secrets-spilling organization has embraced Snowden and his efforts to gain asylum.

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