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CARACAS, Venezuela Edward Snowdens reported escape itinerary through Latin America from Havana to Caracas to Quito, Ecuador reads like a list of the last bastions of antiAmericanism in the region. extradition request.

President Rafael Correa, 49, of Ecuador has long followed in the footsteps of the Castros in Cuba and the late Hugo Chvez in Venezuela as a harsh critic and adversary of Washington. imperialism and capitalism, even though he obtained a doctorate in economics from the University of Illinois.

Since his election in 2006 and reelection in February, he has been boosting the economy through government spending on housing, roads, bridges, schools and hospitals while allying Ecuador with antiAmerican leftists such as Venezuela and Cuba.

Correas belligerent attitude toward Washington plays well with his home crowd, apparently, given his electoral success. In a move that many here applauded, he defaulted on foreign loans he said were illegitimate.

He has described himself as leftwing not from the Marxist left, but rather a Christian left.

Correas rhetoric has often been strong and impulsive. In 2007, he said that Ecuador must be allowed a military base in Miami if the United States was to maintain its own air base on Ecuadors Pacific coast. Two years later, the last troops left the base in Manta in what Ecuadors government called a recovery of sove wholesale michael kors bag reignty. Ambassador in Quito Heather Hodges over the contents of a WikiLeaksreleased cable. Washington retaliated with a similar move. Ambassadoriallevel relations were repaired between Quito and Washington in May.

However, the United States is Ecuadors top trading partner with some 45% of exports heading to the United States. Tha wholesale michael kors bag t could harm the economy if the USA decides to retaliate should Snowden show up there. Ecuador is heavily dependent on oil exports.

Correas opponents accuse him of dictatorial policies, which makes the country an interesting possible choice for Snowden, who claims he is in favor of transparency.

The media is under various government pressures to report what Correa wants. Correa has described the private media as his greatest enemy and a major obstacle to reform. He derides his adversaries in his weekly radio and TV shows.

In 2011, three executives and a former wholesale michael kors bag columnist from an opposition newspaper, El Universo, were sentenced to jail and fines for allegedly libeling Correa. He says his aim had been to fight the dictatorship of the media, and he later pardoned them.

In 2012, Reporters Without Borders criticized Correa for the shutdown of several broadcasting outlets that were critical of the government.

Ecuador granted asylum to WikiLeaks Julian Assange, who remains in the countrys embassy in London where he is under extradition from Sweden on rape charges. It is Wikileaks that has been assisting Snowden in avoiding extradition to the USA on charges of espionage. wholesale michael kors bag