Despite the deteriorating relations between US and Latin American countries regarding the Edward Snowden case, the state of US-Ecuador relations has not been as greatly affected as other South American countries. Though Ecuador is required, by law, to review Mr. Snowden’s asylum request, they have not gone as far as many other Latin American countries. A recent conversation between Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa and US Vice President Joe Biden caused President Correa’s offer of asylum to be withheld until Mr. Snowden was on Ecuadorian soil – rather than an outright asylum offer from his counterparts in Bolivia, Venezuela and Nicaragua. Ecuador is eager to maintain their US relations while still attempting to uphold their legal commitment to human rights. (July 8, 2013 Forbes; July 13, 2013 ABC; July 12, 2013 Forbes)