Biden, Ecuador's president discuss leaker Snowden

JOSH LEDERMAN
June 29, 2013
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Ecuador's President Rafael Correa sings during his weekly live broadcast "Enlace Ciudadano," or "Citizen Link," in Manta, Ecuador, Saturday, June 29, 2013. While the Ecuadorean government appeared angry over U.S. threats of punishment if it accepts U.S. National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, there were also mixed signals about how eager it was to grant asylum. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says Vice President Joe Biden has spoken with Ecuador's president about National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden's request for asylum in Ecuador.

White House spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan says Biden and President Rafael Correa had a wide-ranging conversation Friday. She says the White House won't provide more details.

It's the highest-level conversation between the U.S. and Ecuador that has been publicly disclosed since Ecuador began considering Snowden's asylum request.

The U.S. believes Snowden is holed up in a Moscow airport's transit zone. He may be waiting to see whether Ecuador or another country may grant him asylum. Snowden is charged with violating American espionage laws.

Officials in Ecuador have said they can't start considering Snowden's asylum request until he arrives in Ecuador or one of Ecuador's embassies.