I've been semi-closely following this snowden ordeal.
I don't want to make an argument about what he's done as being right or wrong. I have my own opinion on that, but that's not why I made this blog.
In CN, if someone spies on your alliance. Another alliance harboring that person is an act of war. Granted, CN is not RL, but I think it puts into perspective how potentially damaging this could be for US relations with other countries.
What can be worse than rogue harboring, is when a rogue goes to another alliance with the explicit intention to use them as a safe haven or "big stick" with which to gain extortion leverage against the infringed alliance. Ecuador is really in a bad position in this case. I don't think Snowden really cares about Ecuador. He just wanted to go there because he thinks he can get asylum like assange. What incentive is there really for Ecuador to help this guy? I would think Ecuador government would have more important things to do than to concern themselves over a person who is arguably a criminal.
I mean, if I wanted to go to Ecuador without a passport. I have no doubt, I'd get turned away at the border. Even if I begged the border security how much I'd love to stay in Ecuador, I'd still be turned away. Why would any country go out of the way for snowden? In sparta, if you're on someone's blacklist, you get turned away. It's rare government will go out of the way for you regardless of how much you beg for mercy, for the simple reason that these people are more trouble than they are worth. There will be no return on investment. No payoff. Only trouble, only headache. Granted, in RL, there's an ethical responsibility that goes along with all this, but if ethical responsibility is Ecuador's prime motive for harboring snowden, wouldn't Ecuador have more impact at less cost helping people in Africa or some similar cause/region?
What do you think? Are CN rogues and alliance response a representative comparator for this particular escapade by snowden? Does Ecuador have valid reason to harbor snowden?