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

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

"They've managed to focus attention on Snowden and on the `wicked' countries that `support' him, making us forget the terrible things that he against the U.S. people and the whole world that he denounced."

"The world order isn't only unjust, it's immoral," Correa continued, taking an aggressive new rhetorical tack on the case.