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Ecuador expels US military attaches
« on: April 25, 2014, 14:07:44 PM »
Ecuador expels US military attaches

All 20 defence department employees at US embassy ordered to leave South American country by the end of the month

  • Associated Press
  • Friday 25 April 2014 05.17 BST
Ecuador has ordered all 20 defence department employees in the US embassy's military group to leave the country by the end of the month, Associated Press says.

The group was ordered to halt operations in Ecuador in a letter dated 7 April, said embassy spokesman Jeffrey Weinshenker.

AP was first alerted to the expulsions by a senior Ecuadorean official who refused to be identified by name due to the information's sensitive nature.

President Rafael Correa had publicly complained in January that Washington had too many military officers in Ecuador, claiming there were 50, and said they had been "infiltrated in all sectors". At the time, he said he planned to order some to leave.

Weinshenker said that Washington provided $7m in security assistance to Ecuador last year.