Ecuador's president blasted the media coverage of National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, saying it is distracting the world from the surveillance programs that Snowden revealed.

President Rafael Correa made his strongest comments to date about the case on Twitter in response to a Washington Post editorial that referred to him as "the autocratic leader of tiny, impoverished Ecuador" and accused him of a double standard for welcoming a whistle-blower while allegedly stifling critics at home.