U.S. officials including Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) have issued stern warnings to the Ecuadorian government against granting asylum to National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden.
Schumer issued a threat to the South American nation, warning its trade preferences with the U.S. would be in jeopardy if it allows Snowden in to avoid extradition on charges of espionage and theft of government property.
“Your economy will pay a very big price,” Schumer told reporters including WCBS 880′s Monica Miller on Sunday. “We should end all foreign aid, repeal trade agreements worth billions of dollars.”...
“Over 85,000 business visas are issued to Ecuadorians who want to come do business here in the United States. We will cut those off,” the senator threatened.
Surprisingly, Schumer's enthusiasm for collective punishment does not apply across-the-board, as his "Gang of Eight" immigration legislation would permit illegal aliens to stay in the U.S. after certain criminal convictions.