Posts Tagged ‘Kintto Lucas’

Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa may have received as much as $400,000 from Colombian guerrillas

| May 13th, 2011 | No Comments »
Article originally appeared in the Wall Street Journal

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

The WikiLeaker’s Friends in Latin America

| December 1st, 2010 | No Comments »
Ambassador Roger Noriega

Posted on The American….

 

Ecuador’s anti-American president has offered ‘residency’ to WikiLeaks’s founder. If anyone still wonders whether the WikiLeaks assault concerns freedom of expression or hostility toward the United States, here is fresh evidence.

If anyone still wonders whether the WikiLeaks assault concerns freedom of expression or hostility toward the United States, fresh evidence appears in, of all places, Quito, Ecuador. The anti-American regime of President Rafael Correa offered “residency” to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

“We think it would be important not only to converse with [Assange] but to listen to him,” Ecuadorean Deputy Foreign Minister Kintto Lucas told the Associated Press. Ecuador’s regime invited Assange to “freely expound” and see what it is like in “friendly countries.” Kintto praised Assange for “trying to get light out of the dark corners of [state] information.”

Here is the problem: the Correa regime has one of the worst records in the Western Hemisphere on freedom ... Read More