BY JOSE DE CORDOBA & MERCEDES ALVARO
Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa may have received as much as $400,000 from Colombian guerrillas and their drug trafficking allies for his 2006 presidential campaign, a U.K. think tank concluded in a report released Tuesday.
The International Institute for Strategic Studies based its conclusion on a two-year study of a treasure trove of information found in the computers of the late Raul Reyes, a top leader of Colombia’s communist FARC guerrillas. Mr. Reyes was killed when his camp in Ecuador was attacked in a controversial cross border raid by Colombian soldiers in 2008.
Much of the information released Tuesday was previously known, including indications that the FARC had contributed $100,000 to Mr. Correa’s 2006 campaign. At the time of the initial release, Mr. Correa heatedly denied any involvement with the FARC, as did Venezuela’s President Hugo Chávez, who according to the documents released shortly after Mr. Reyes ... Read More