Ecuador and Wikileaks: BackgroundBy: Cabledrummer and taro
, originally posted at wikileaks-press.org
The President of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, is the next guest of Julian Assange's “World Tomorrow
”, as announced
by WikiLeaks. The episode airs
Tuesday, May 22, 12:30 PM BST.Some background and cable references:
Rafael Correa, President of Ecuador since January 2007, has had close ties with neighboring Latin American countries, joining the Chavez' Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas
(ALBA) in 2009. In September 2010, an attempted coup was carried out by the Ecuadoran National Police, and Correa was trapped in a hospital for 12 hours
until army forces rescued him.
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- In a diplomatic cable from July 2009 U.S. Ambassador Heather Hodges asserted that “corruption among Ecuadorian National Police officers is widespread” and “more pronounced at higher levels of power.” In particular, she accused Ecuador's former police commander Jaime Hurtado Vaca of corruption and expressed that “President Correa must have been aware of Hurtado's widely known corrupt activities.”In reaction to the publication of this cable by El País, Ambassador Heather Hodges was declared 'persona non grata' and expelled from Ecuador.
- A cable from January 2008 reveals US fears behind their opposition to proposals for a UN Declaration on Rights of Indigenous Peoples, reporting that “some leaders are citing the Declaration in support of concrete aims like self-governance and control over land and resources. Post will watch for further developments, particularly with regards to property rights and potential sovereignty or self-rule issues.”
- A cable from 2009 warned of “the anti-system movement” developing in Bolivia, Venezuela, Ecuador, and elsewhere, stating that this trend threatened “the pro-growth model.”
- On November 28, 2011, shortly after Wikileaks launched Cablegate, Ecuador's Deputy Foreign Minister Kintto Lucas invited Julian Assange to Ecuador to discuss the leaked documents. In a radio interview he also said that “we are open to giving him residence in Ecuador, without any kind of trouble and without any kind of conditions.” The next day, Ecuador's President Rafael Correa backed off the invitation and denoted Lucas' statement as a “personal remark by the deputy foreign minister.”
- On April 25, 2012, the Ecuadorian newspaper El Telégrafo revealed that several private media journalists in Ecuador served as informants for the U.S. Embassy in Quito, borne out by WikiLeaks cables. President Correa condemned the incident.
Cablegate: 1,486 cables from Ecuador
Global Intelligence Files: 13 articles from Ecuador
WikiLeaks had two media partners in Ecuador for the Cablegate release; El Commercio
and El Universo
. In addition to El Telegrafo
, both organizations also covered the GIFiles release.