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Will Advocate of PHAET 2011/04/05 18:25:43


Ecuador expels US ambassador in WikiLeaks flap

Apr 5 01:32 PM US/Eastern





QUITO, Ecuador (AP) - Ecuador said Tuesday it was expelling the U.S. ambassador following the publication of a diplomatic cable divulged by WikiLeaks in which the envoy accuses Ecuador's just-retired police chief of corruption.

Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino announced the action in a news conference.

One of his advisers, Agustin Armas, told The Associated Press that Ambassador Heather Hodges had been declared "persona non grata," diplomatic language for expulsion

U.S. Embassy spokeswoman Martha Youth said the embassy had no immediate comment.

Hodges had been called to the Foreign Ministry by Patino on Monday afternoon and issued a diplomatic note complaining about the cable but she only learned of her expulsion through the public announcement, said a U.S. official who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to divulge the information.

In the cable released by WikiLeaks, dated July 10. 2009 and published by the Madrid newspaper El Pais on Monday, Hodges recommends that Jaime Aquilino Hurtado, national police commander from April 2008 to June 2009, be stripped of his U.S. visa.

The cable says he used the position "to extort cash and property, misappropriate public funds, facilitate human trafficking and obstruct the investigation and prosecution of corrupt colleagues."

Separately, Hodges comments in the cable that "corruption among Ecuadorian National Police officers is widespread and well-known" with corruption becoming "more pronounced at higher levels of power."

The cable says internal Ecuadorean police investigations had suggested Hurtado was engaged in "corrupt activities within the ENP since the early 1990s."
Those Ecuadoreans are a little touchy about their corruption. Ha!








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  • sglmom 2011/04/11 06:52:17
    sglmom
    +1
    So .. what's the AMOUNT of US Taxpayer (Aid to Peru) funds that Hurtado ...
    ""to extort cash and property, misappropriate public funds, facilitate human trafficking and obstruct the investigation and prosecution of corrupt colleagues.""

    Gee ... too bad WikiLeaks didn't put that info right up front with the cable ....
  • BobJessen 2011/04/06 16:05:55
    BobJessen
    +2
    More Golden Showiz?!
  • WannaBeRSC the Contrarian SOB 2011/04/06 11:12:41
    WannaBeRSC the Contrarian SOB
    +2
    I think a no fly zone is in order here.
  • m.a.copeland 2011/04/06 00:47:12
    m.a.copeland
    +2
    All that's hidden shall brought to light , that which is said in the corners shall be shouted from the roof tops .
  • Tau_Seti 2011/04/05 19:54:27
  • Will Ad... Tau_Seti 2011/04/05 19:59:16
    Will Advocate of  PHAET
    +2
    Truth isn't always pretty, but it's still truth.
  • wolfshadow 2011/04/05 19:49:21
    wolfshadow
    +2
    Thats a two way street.... Lets kick out their Ambassador as well.
  • Deathtrocian09 2011/04/05 19:36:41
    Deathtrocian09
    +2
    Hmm.

    Wiki - A place for counter-agents...
  • Lily Blooms Eternal 2011/04/05 19:18:20
    Lily Blooms Eternal
    +1
    Oh, how grand!
  • Bronar 2011/04/05 18:41:48
    Bronar
    +2
    I agree with Kimmel below. Rather than ask for proof they just expell? How much of our taxpayer money gets sent down there? Anyone know?
  • Will Ad... Bronar 2011/04/05 18:48:12
    Will Advocate of  PHAET
    +2
    I saw $600,000 in humanitarian aid, but that doesn't include medical or military. Plus they have a farm aid agreement with the US.
  • Bronar Will Ad... 2011/04/05 18:52:54
    Bronar
    +2
    Not much in the grand scheme of things. This is the type of action we should penalize against if we have any leverage. .
  • Will Advocate of PHAET 2011/04/05 18:29:03
    Will Advocate of  PHAET
    +2
    Instead of expelling our ambassador, I would think they would be looking for information about:

    "to extort cash and property, misappropriate public funds, facilitate human trafficking and obstruct the investigation and prosecution of corrupt colleagues."

    What a bunch of A-holes!

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