“All the intelligence cadres in the country were working for the CIA.”
By Blanche Petrich
Quito, October 24 – President Rafael Correa is a little late getting to his office in the Palacio de Carondelet, where he has arranged a meeting with La Jornada, because he has gone to the children’s hospital to visit an 11-year-old boy who, amid the chaos and violence of September 30, was wounded in the leg by an expanding bullet. The boy suffered two cardiac arrests but at last, almost a month afterward, is recovering satisfactorily.
During the interview, Correa expresses himself with a frankness unusual in chiefs of state: “We are blind, at the zero level, in matters of intelligence for internal security.” Angered by those who took part in the conspiracy, including the indigenous organizations that now perform political acts in alliance with the rightist opposition. Wary of recognizing the loyalty of his government’s armed forces: “They acted very professionally. Not all of them, but in general. There is infiltration there too.” (more…)