'Ecuadorian elites strove to maintain a corrupt system that would enrich them, before Correa took office'

Quito, Feb 8 (Andes) – Norwegian investigative reporter Eirik Vold presented his book “Ecuador en la mira,” which contains WikiLeaks revelations related to the Andean country which were not shared by local media. Some Ecuadorian media outlets published information, but hide more data that proved the criteria of US diplomatic posts on the opposition, meetings with activists, among others.

For example, the journalist said, before President Rafael Correa took office in 2005, Ecuador was seen as one of the most corrupt and anti-democratic countries in Latin America. A leak from 2005 alerted that the Ecuadorian political elite strove to maintain a corrupt system that would enrich them, he said.

“We would think that the United States was happy to see another president with an electoral program different from such elite, which according to the embassy was extremely corrupt and anti-democratic, when in fact they were concerned about Correa since he was not willing to accept orders from Washington financial institutions (social cuts, liberalization of the economy, etc),” he mentioned.

US diplomats used different terms for Correa: charismatic, intelligent, anti-American, aggressive, finally “there is no clear definition of the Correa phenomenon,” Vold said.

The most outstanding thing, he added, is that in the beginning the United States thought they were going to “teach” Correa for him to accept the usual policy that suited the country and as Ecuador traditionally was.

September 30

Documents also reveal that the US strategy was “to buy expensive toys” for Ecuadorian soldiers, give them privileges, technological weapons, trips, among others. The goal was to maintain military cooperation, “privileged” access US military officers had to be in Ecuadorian institutions, Vold said.

When Correa decided to talk about this, a campaign began with the aim of not necessarily kill the president, the strategy was, according to WikiLeaks, to buy off Ecuadorian military officers and police authorities to put pressure on the government to accept the fact that the United States resumes the control it had always had, the journalist added.

“The truth is that by actively promoting the dissatisfaction of military offices and police authorities in the country in the months before September 30,” he added.

Other revelations

He also talked about other chapters of his book where he reveals that leaders of the indigenous movement opposed members who supported Correa.

On the other hand, he explains the US concerns about the integration process in Latin America, especially through the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR). In Washington, they saw Ecuador and Venezuela (during the administration of Hugo Chavez) as the motors of such integration.

Moreover, he talks about candidate Andres Paez’s close relationship with the United States which considered him one of the most important keys besides other members of Guayaquil’s financial sector.

Other documents reveal the violent plans of separatists in Bolivia to the point the United States thought these could end up killing president Evo Morales, Vold said and added Venezuela was the main target of the United States in South America. 


Journalist Eirik Vold alongside Marco Antonio Bravo, “Ecuador No Para” host./ Photo: Andes

“By protecting Assange, WikiLeaks is protected, by protecting WikiLeaks, freedom of speech and global citizens’ rights to information is also protected,” the journalist said during an interview during the TV program Ecuador No Para, broadcasted by TeleCiudadana in coproduction with Andes Agency.

Vold said WikiLeaks is the organization that provided more information about the operation of the most important hegemonic power in the history of humanity (United States) and thanked Ecuador’s willingness to protect Assange whom he identified as the “architect of the digital platform”.

He said the Australian, along with soldier Manning and Edward Snowden as the new digital dissidents, the most important phenomenon of the century that lead to revealing documents on the operation of the United States’ espionage apparatus and their violation of the right to privacy.

Vold said that WikiLeaks revelation is the collection of documents leaked from a bigger state in the world’s history and the “only and best way to analyze how the largest diplomatic apparatus of geopolitical control in humanity works.

Revelations, which were always questionable and contained high informative value, expose the daily operation of this apparatus that consists in more than 70 thousand diplomats, intelligence agents, military attachés.

“We didn’t have information about how they communicate or how they work internally before. (Nowadays) there is no conflict in the world where WikiLeaks documents cannot provide new information. So, everything that occurs in the world, what has occurred at the beginning of the century, WikiLeaks has new information to offer,” he said.

He stressed out that a very outstanding fact is how a group of young people, which are WikiLeaks activists, armed with computers and access to internet have been able to reveal more truths on the operation of the United States than all western media together with all financial, human and technological resources.

He added that one of the most important milestones in the first two years of WikiLeaks were the collection of secrets on Afghanistan war where it reveals that, contrary to official propaganda, US authorities themselves knew the conflict was getting from bad to worse, that it did not improve Afghan living standards but worsen them.