Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa has stated that his life is in danger and that he is going to be killed by the CIA. He said so citing reports of a plot to “destabilize the region” and further emphasized the credibility of the statement by indicating strong U.S. influence in Latin America.
Allegedly, Patricio Marie Bell, a Chilean journalist, passed on information to the Ecuadorian government that the President’s life was “under threat” by a CIA plot.
Adam Nann, the head of the US diplomatic mission in Quito, denied the allegation by saying that ‘Washington would never try to get involved in the Ecuador electoral processes.’ Correa believes that the ambassador is right but sometimes agencies like the CIA try to ‘follow their own agenda and maintain links with organizations representing the extreme right in the countries in which they operate.’
Three months ago Patricio Marie Bell had warned the president, who is running for another presidential term, against the CIA attack saying they had plans to ‘destabilize Ecuador’. Though not a staunch Correa supporter, Bell maintains that as a Latin American citizen, it was his duty to voice his concern.
It is an alleged $88 million dollar CIA plot to dethrone President Rafael Correa which will be divided, according to Bell, among ‘extremist anarchist, leftist and hard-line conservative groups.’ The main motives behind the move, Bell states, were ‘the closing of the US Manta military base, hailed as a victory for Ecuadorian national sovereignty, and the granting of asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.’
President Correa is known for his Hugo Chavez-inspired policies and anti-U.S. rhetoric. He has reduced poverty in Ecuador and increased stability and the standard of living in the region, making him the most popular president of his country. Campaigning for elections in Ecuador will begin on January 15. Correa will run against six more candidates for the election of the next president for which the voting will take place on January 17.