Snowden Extradition Fight May Hinge on Broccoli and Roses

US May Revoke Ecuador's Export Deals

Obama Administration efforts to blackmail some country or other into capturing Edward Snowden for them continue apace, with the latest focus on starting a huge trade war with Ecuador if they grant the whistleblower asylum, as expected.

Ecuador’s economy relies heavily on agriculture exports to the US, with cut flowers and frozen broccoli the key money makers. The loss of the US market could devastate the country.

Congress has been mad at Ecuador for awhile for being insufficiently pro-US, and the country has been lobbying to try to keep trade with the US going when their existing trade pact expiring this summer. Snowden could tilt the balance even more against trading with them.

Frozen food companies are keen on keeping the broccoli flowing, and while there doesn’t seem any logical reason to stop Americans from eating Ecuadoran broccoli, the official rage at Snowden has taken the US in some weird directions already, and if the administration is already willing to cut off its nose to spite it’s face, they’re surely willing to cut off someone else’s broccoli florets.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.