Ecuadorian President Says The CIA Is Attempting To Overthrow His Government

The CIA has a history of contributing to coups in Ecuador. Back in 1963, the CIA led a coup which deposed President Carlos Julio Arosemena because he criticized the United States and supported Fidel Castro’s revolution in Cuba.
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    Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa, left, Venezuela’s late President Hugo Chavez, second left, and Cuba’s President Raul Castro talk during the inauguration ceremony of the Latin American and Caribbean States Community, CELAC, summit in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, Dec. 2, 2011. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

    (ANTIMEDIA) Over the weekend several outlets reported that Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa made comments alluding to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) “being increasingly involved in the political opposition with the avowed aim of dragging the country into chaos.” 

    The reports also claim Correa stated the CIA was attempting to weaken the government through “a series of coordinated nationwide protests.”

    However, Ecuador has released a statement claiming the president was speaking about the role of U.S. intelligence services meddling the county’s affairs and support of opposition groups, but not direct involvement in the recent protests.

    President Correa tweeted that the AFP incorrectly reported the news and accused the news agency of distorting the truth and misrepresenting his statements.

    While it seems in this instance Correa’s word may have been taken out of context, it would not be too surprising if he did make the accusation. For one, there are several reasons relations between the nations have been strained in recent years. In 2013, the Ecuadorian news agency ANDES accused the CIA of plotting to assassinate Correa. Ecuador has not made many political allies in America following the 2009 decision to no longer allow the U.S. to continue to use air bases for surveillance. The country also angered American politicians by granting Wikileaks founder Julian Assange asylum in its London Embassy.

    Correa may not be ready to point fingers at the CIA, but Chilean journalist Patricio Mery has claimed the CIA is running a drug operation in Chile, trafficking “about 200 kilos of cocaine per month” from Bolivia in order to fund anti-Correa operations. In recent years Italian police discovered 40 kilos of cocaine in Ecuador’s diplomatic mail. Mery believes senior Chilean officials were involved, and claims to have proof implicating the Ecuadorian government. Check out this interview for more on those allegations.

    The CIA has a history of contributing to coups in Ecuador. Back in 1963, the CIA led a coup which deposed President Carlos Julio Arosemena because he criticized the United States and supported Fidel Castro’s revolution in Cuba.

    But Ecuador is not the only nation the CIA has had a hand in toppling. In fact, the history of U.S. intervention and subversion is so rich that even mainstream reporters have to laugh in the face of government propaganda. Recently, State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki claimed

    “As a matter of long standing policy the United States does not support transitions by non-constitutional means. Political transitions must be democratic, constitutional, peaceful, and legal.”

    That statement drew a laugh and legitimate questioning from Associated Press reporter Matt Lee, who could not believe what he was hearing.

    “I’m sorry. Whoah, whoah, whoah. The US has a long-standing practice of not promoting [coups] – how long-standing would you say?” Lee continued,“In particular in South and Latin America that is not a long-standing policy.”

    Here is a short list of where the US military or CIA has been involved in supporting protests, supplying weapons, and/or aid. After reading through these, ask yourself this: is the idea of a CIA funded coup or faux revolution really that far fetched?

    Iran, 1953 – The independent National Security Archive research institute published declassified documents that prove the CIA was involved in the 1953 overthrow of Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh. The documents are part of the CIA’s internal history of Iran and clearly indicate the agency’s role in disposing of a sovereign ruler.

    “The military coup that overthrew Mossadeq and his National Front cabinet was carried out under CIA direction as an act of U.S. foreign policy, conceived and approved at the highest levels of government.”

    Guatemala, 1954 – Operation PBSUCCESS was another CIA operation that overthrew an elected leader and created more problems than solutions. President Jacobo Árbenz was removed and replaced with the military regime of Carlos Castillo Armas. Árbenz was a progressive politician who sought to change centuries of feudalism and reduce dependence on foreign nations and companies, including the United States and the American United Fruit Company (UFCO). His policies affected the finances of UFCO and the military intelligence desires of the CIA, leading to a coordinated attack and coup.

    Operation Condor, 1970’s – The United States’ support of crimes against the peoples of Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Paraguay, Bolivia, and Brazil are well-established fact. The CIA carried out Operation Condor, a campaign of political repression and terror involving assassination and intelligence operations implemented in 1975 by the dictatorships of South America. The United States government helped fund and support repressive regimes in each of these nations including Pinochet in Chile,  Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger was heavily involved in Operation Condor.

    Argentina – It has been suspected for years that Kissinger influenced Argentina’s decision to move forward with their repressive campaign. This was finally confirmed since in 2004 when the National Security Archive released a secret memo recounting a conversation between assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights, Patt Derian, and the US ambassador in Buenos Aires, Robert Hill. The two met in April 1977 and discussed a meeting between Henry Kissinger and Argentine Foreign Minister Cesar Augusto Guzzetti. Kissinger gives Guzzetti explicit permission to move forward with whatever they must do to repress “terrorism”.

    Paraguay – Another document uncovered by the U.S. National Archives shows the CIA’s involvement in Paraguay as well. A formerly secret CIA Directorate of Intelligence’s Office of African and Latin American Analysis research paper details how the agency never planned on allowing any opposition leaders from ever succeeding Paraguayan dictator General Alfredo Stroessner. The dictator ruled from 1954 to 1989 with the full support of the U.S. Stroessner trained at the infamous School of the Americas in Fort Benning, Georgia and supported the U.S. during the invasion of the Dominican Republic in 1965.

    Bolivia, 1971 – Bolivia’s reign of terror including killings, disappearances, and torture of political opponents and activists during the rule of  General Hugo Banzer. A declassified documents includes official transcripts of conversations between Nixon and his chief foreign policy architect, Henry Kissinger.  The leaders of the U.S. government financed and supported the Banzer coup with no regard for the lives of the Bolivian people. Shortly after the U.S. perfected its support of dictators with the rise of Augusto Pinochet.

    Chile, 1973 – Nixon, Kissinger, and the CIA helped remove socialist President Salvador Allende, and, following a brief rule by another military junta,  Allende’s army chief, Augusto Pinochet, seized power. Pinochet’s terror and torture has been heavily documented so I won’t go in depth here but it should be another reminder that the United States government once again succeeded in destroying a thriving, sovereign nation and recognized  immoral, violent, and tyrannical dictatorship as a illegitimate form of governance.

    Haiti, 2004 – A more recent example of a coup comes from the people of Haiti. Former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide told CNN that he was forced to leave Haiti as part of a coup organized by the United States. George W. Bush denied the accusations and former White House press secretary Scott McClellan said it was “nonsense”.

    “I was told that to avoid bloodshed I’d better leave.”

    Shortly after Aristide was removed from power, his ex-wife told U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel, and Rep. Maxine Waters that he would be killed “and a lot of Haitians would be killed” if he did not voluntarily leave. The message had apparently been delivered by the chief of staff of the U.S. Embassy in Haiti.

    Honduras, 2009 – Wikileaks helped confirm that once more the U.S. was influencing foreign nations and overthrowing democratically elected governments. The U.S. embassy in Tegucigalpa sent a cable to D.C. making it clear that they believed the changing of power in Honduras that took place in June 2009, “constituted an illegal and unconstitutional coup.” The Embassy admitted that the military did not have the authority to remove President Zelaya, describing it as a “kidnapping”.

    The cable was viewed by Tom Shannon, then Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs; Harold Koh, the State Department’s Legal Adviser; and Dan Restrepo, Senior Director for Western Hemisphere Affairs at the National Security Council, and former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton. Despite this knowledge the U.S. continued to support and aid the nation. Clinton would later admit to playing a role.

    The New York Times even called the US State Department on the coup:

    “It’s time to acknowledge the foreign policy disaster that American support for the Porfirio Lobo administration in Honduras has become. Ever since the June 28, 2009, coup that deposed Honduras’s democratically elected president, José Manuel Zelaya, the country has been descending deeper into a human rights and security abyss. That abyss is in good part the State Department’s making.

    The headlines have been full of horror stories about Honduras. According to the United Nations, it now has the world’s highest murder rate, and San Pedro Sula, its second city, is more dangerous than Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, a center for drug cartel violence.

    Much of the press in the United States has attributed this violence solely to drug trafficking and gangs. But the coup was what threw open the doors to a huge increase in drug trafficking and violence, and it unleashed a continuing wave of state-sponsored repression.”

    This is a very short list that does not even touch on the recent military aggression in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Yemen, and other Middle East nations that seem to be the next targets of US imperialism. It should be painfully clear that the United States government has a long history of creating, supporting, and funding illegal, unelected, military coups that fit into the current political narrative.

    For a more detailed list check here. (Yes, I know it is the Alternet. Follow the links, check sources and make up your own mind.)

    Without a doubt the United States has a history overthrowing sovereign nations that take steps to free their people from US and NATO hegemony. Is it that hard to believe they may working on similar plans in Ecuador?

    Derrick Broze is an investigative journalist, community activist, gardener and promoter from Houston, Texas. He is the co-founder of The Houston Free Thinkers, and The Conscious Resistance Network. Broze also hosts and produces a weekly podcast under the name the Conscious Resistance Live. His writing can be found on , The Liberty Beat, the Anti-Media, Mint Press News, and Ben

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      CIA should be disbanded. It’s a felon cartel of degenerates.

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    • steverandel

      I really appreciate the fact that Correa was educated in the United States, and then loves to stab Americans in the back in every possible way. But he has no problem ripping off retired folks from the “devil” U.S. who head to Ecuador and die. This guy is a real piece of garbage.

    • Vicenzo

      Feel sorry for AGUALCAS, talking about a failure in the ecuadorian government, that is ignorance. if you were not born in Ecuador, or have never lived there before Correa took over, then shut up, because of Correa, the country has better educational institutions, highways, an accesible health program, keeping up with technology and much more, of course, the foreign companies are not allowed to get more than 25% of the oil revenues, contrary to the 16% they used to leave for the country, do not just opinate without facts…..I love the North American culture, but there is no way to hide its government terrorism, terrorism that benefits the big corporations, those ones that become richer every 10 years we get a recession, that is the cyclical purge of the american middle class economy, those are the corporations that dissapear the Kennedys and others,….now you kow who is the stupid brain washed that may be living on welfare assistance.

    • agualcas

      Correa is as crazy as Maduro and as Hugo Chavez was. They blame the United States for their failures and their complaints are just smoke screens to rally their citizens against the United States and forget the misery they live in. Now expect complaints from the Nicaraguan dictator Daniel Ortega, Cuban dictators Castros, Evo Morales, Cristina Kirshner. These are all failed governments blaming the CIA for their corruption and stupidity. By the way Ecuador, Nicaragua, Cuba, Argentina, Bolivia, etc., deserves a change of government.

    • carlos ordonez

      I hadn’t read a more accurate article in a long time

    • Charlie

      This story is a real stretch. Accusations are presented as fact. Such baloney. This reporter is anything but a reporter. Looks more like a propagandist for anit-US sentiment.

      • V Tiffany Seidel

        I guess you haven’t been paying attention. Hillary and obama have succeeded in the coup d’etat in Libya, Yemen, Ukraine, Honduras, Egypt and are failing at their faux Revolution in Syria. Bush’s Coup in Haiti, Iraq and Afghanistan. The obama administration is going for the Coup here in America next. Do your research and you just might find out tthat, yes, our own government is as imperialist as the world says we are….

    • LaTuya83

      So essentially this newspaper or website, whatever, is just an American hate site? On every article these idiots actually believe the verbal diarrhea coming out of these pseudo communist leaders…

      • Eric_Saunders

        Well, you can think what you wanna think. but why the Guy Fawkes avatar? Why not replace it with a bald eagle or Uncle Sam or a dollar sign?

    • Hasan

      Nice blog , Ear Training HQ do look into it

    • Jackblob

      And what evidence does Correa provide?

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    • Isaac

      The CIA has controlled the drug traffic in South America for long time and use the profits to overthrow any government who does not align itself with the wishes of the imperialistic masters of the North. The CIA also has controlled the drugs from Asia (The Golden Triangle, Burma, Laos Cambodia) and now Afghanistan, that is why they invaded the country to get 100% control of the heroine coming from all those countries and distribute them to Europe and North America.All this is Judaic in nature Israel and the US are the most corrupt and diabolical entities in the whole world. There are a lot of books about it and also a lot of Computer Links. just search in your computer.
      “CIA and the Drug Traffic”. “Deadly Secrets” by Warren Hinckely and William Turner. and more.

    • jo6pac

      Throw out all ngo’s now