The June 25 editorial about Ecuador’s double standard on Edward Snowden and press freedoms suggested that current trade preferences under the Andean Trade Promotion and Drug Eradication Act (ATPDEA) should be allowed to expire at the end of July. Indeed, even before the Snowden affair, it was widely assumed these benefits would not be renewed. That’s why the government of Ecuador is attempting to transfer existing products from ATPDEA to coverage under the broader Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program. Should Ecuador give Mr. Snowden asylum, a more potent way for the U.S. Congress to demonstrate that “Yanqui-baiting has its price,” as The Post correctly put it, would be to suspend Ecuador’s GSP eligibility when that program also expires at the end of next month.
Eric Farnsworth, Washington
The writer heads the Washington office of the Council of the Americas.