Correa on Smearing of Snowden: “The World Order is not only unjust, it is immoral”

The USG Open Source Center gives highlights from the Ecuadorean press on the issue of asylum for Edward Snowden. It includes a translation of President Rafael Correa’s tweet slamming the Washington Post and other US media for making Snowden the issue rather than reporting on the NSA abuses he revealed

Ecuador Media Watch: USG Making ‘Prejudicial, False, and Counterproductive Accusations’
OSC Summary
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Document Type: OSC Summary

The following is a selection of political and economic highlights from Ecuadoran press sources, television, and government websites on 26 June:

Rafael Correa Rejects Washington Post Editorial About Snowden Case.

Quito El Comercio on 26 June has an AFP news agency report that President Correa has hit back at a recent Washington Post editorial which claimed that the government’s decision to consider Edward Snowden’s request for political asylum shows a “double standard.” Correa tweeted today: “Washington Post” accuses Ecuador of double standards. The shamelessness!” “Do you see the power of the international press? They have managed to focus attention on Snowden and the ‘evil’ countries which “support’ him making us forget the terrible things against the US people and the entire world which he denounced,” Correa added, concluding: “The world order is not only unjust, it is immoral.”

Ecuador Denies Provoking Confrontation With USA Over Snowden.

Guayaquil El Universo on 26 June reports that a senior Ecuadoran diplomat in the United States has denied that Ecuador is seeking confrontation over the Snowden case. “This current situation is not being provoked by Ecuador,” says a statement issued by Efrain Baus, number two at Ecuador’s embassy in Washington. Baus added that Ecuador will “responsibly review” Snowden’s asylum request and he said that “the Ecuadoran Embassy energetically rejects recent statements by US Government Officials which contain prejudicial, false, and counterproductive accusations” against Ecuador. Finally, Baus said that the Ecuadoran Government has asked the US Government for a written explanation of its position in the Snowden case so that this can be considered “as part of our exhaustive review process.”

Acting Foreign Minister Denies Ecuador Gave Snowden Refugee Documents.

Guayaquil El Telegrafo on 26 June has an EFE news agency report that acting Ecuadoran Foreign Minister Galo Galarza has denied that Ecuador has given Snowden a refugee document supposedly allowing him to travel internationally without a passport. Galarza said in a local television interview that Snowden “does not have any document issued by Ecuador such as a passport or a refugee document as people are saying.” The refugee document claim was made by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange during an interview he gave on Monday 24 June.

Patino: ” Decision About Snowden Asylum Could Take A Day, A Week, Or It Could Take Two Months.’

Guayaquil El Telegrafo on 26 June reports that Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino has complained about being misquoted on the Snowden case. There have been reports that Patino said Ecuador will take two months to decide whether or not to grant Snowden political asylum, but Patino has clarified that what he actually said when journalists asked him about the asylum decision was that “it could be resolved in a day, a week, or, as in the case of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, it could take two months.”

The following media are regularly scanned to prepare this product:

(Guayaquil Ecuavisa Television in Spanish — commercial television station; consistently critical of the government; URL: )

(Quito El in Spanish — Website of prestigious daily owned by Grupo El Comercio C.A.; consistently critical of the government; URL: )

(Guayaquil El Universo Online in Spanish — Website of influential daily owned by Grupo El Universo C.A.; consistently critical of the government; URL: )

(Quito in Spanish — Website of government-owned self-described “digital newspaper of the citizen revolution;” URL:

(Guayaquil El Telegrafo Online in Spanish — Website of Ecuador’s oldest newspaper, now serving as the government’s unofficial gazette since its takeover in 2007; URL: )

19 Responses

  1. Re: “Smearing” of Snowden:

    James Di Eugenio, author of Destiny Betrayed, and an expert of the Jim Garrison investigation had urged the Assassination Records Review Board (AARB)to push for release of National Security Agency files relating to the JFK assassination, citing the fact that New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison’s key obstructionist, Walter Sheridan, was an NSA counter-intelligence officer. Sheridan also played a key role in coordinating the “Get-Hoffa Squad” on behalf of U.S. Attorney General Robert Kennedy that eventually resulted in the Teamster leader’s conviction and imprisonment on federal charges.

    The AARB later reported that the NSA had documents responsive to the request and was cooperataing to receive those papers.

    It was ironic that dozens and dozens of books and hundreds of periodical articles have been published regarding the speculation of possible Defense Department, FBI, or CIA conspiracy in the JFK assassination, but America’s largest intelligence-gathering organization has almost never been mentioned, other than by Mr. Di Eugenio, in this vein.

    • That is complete propaganda about the state of Ecuador’s media. Prior to Correa the media in Ecuador was entirely owned and controlled by a tiny set of far rightwing families who also controlled the financial sector. Any time any progressive action was attempted in Ecuador, no matter how small, the media would be used as a battering ram to kill it through their lies and distortions.

      These families had a complete monopoly on all major media, newspapers, radio, television. Under Correa the congress in Ecuador passed a media law ending the monopoly of the private media by opening up access to community and public broadcasting.

      link to

      • In the article you linked to, it says “those who take an absolutist or anarchist position with regard to countries such as Ecuador should apply the same standards to the US and other rich countries.” I agree. And it follows that Snowden, Glen Greenwald, and Wikileaks should apply the same standards to Ecuador that they apply to the US.
        Correa was elected in spite off the media. Why does he need to force radio stations to close, and journalists to go into exile?

  2. Rafael Correa caling the Washington Post editorial “shameless” is rich. What is shameless is the way Correa has tightened restrictions on the Ecuadorian media. His government recently passed a very restrictive press law, and he has expropriated a couple of TV stations that offended him. Shameless indeed!

    • please read past the headlines. the press in ecuador was a propaganda tool of the right-wing elites dedicated to reinstating the oligarchy. correa’s legislation was designed to give all people a chance to have their views heard.

  3. Tough issues. Looks like Bill didn’t bother to read the Weisbrot item in the Guardian link above, since he didn’t offer any pithy rebuttal, or offer any cites in support of his assertions. Anyone looking for substance, as opposed to unsubstantiated allegations might benefit from doing the reading.

    • The “unsubstantiated allegations” appear to be made by those who try to make the case that criticism of Correa is nothing but Right-Wing opposition to a beleaguered “populist” trying to make the press available to everyone. That fits neatly into a certain ideological Narrative championed by, well, those such as you, Mr. McPhee.

      Weisbrot’s piece was the usual Leftist cant and hardly warranted comment. Those who actually follow Latin American affairs (as opposed to reading snatches from internet sources like Mr. Weisbrot’s piece in the “Guardian) understand that Correa is muzzling any opposition to him and his policies. Human Rights Watch and the Committee to Protect Journalists have denounced Correa’s actions. More importantly, the Inter-American Press Association has described Correa’s new media law as “the most serious setback for freedom of the press and of expression in the recent history of Latin America.” These are legitimate organizations that are hardly tools of the United States.

    • Apparently it is only tyranny when it is done against the rich. Since Bill previously has written that Latin American radicalism is unjustified because “they” are to blame for their historical economic woes, he is making it clear now that he only means poor Latin Americans and their leaders are bad, and oppression is only evil when carried out by the poor, not by Correa’s wealthy enemies who would have handed over Snowden to their senior partners in America without hesitation if they still ruled.

      • Oh, and you are right that Bill could not refute Correa’s claim that the world order is unjust and immoral, whatever Correa’s own misdeeds are. Why just a couple of days ago, the Supreme Court ruled that the states of the Old Confederacy can gerrymander black and Latino voters into permanent defeat, no matter how many of them there are. How many corporations have contributed to the politicians, think tanks, foundations, and extremist churches who have thus put America back on the road to Jim Crow because they want America back to being run the way Ecuador used to be?

        • “Oh, and you are right that Bill could not refute Correa’s claim that the world order is unjust and immoral, whatever Correa’s own misdeeds are.”

          What? My comment addressed Rafael Correa’s campaign against the Ecuadorian news media. It had nothing to do with the “world order.” Let’s not go off the rails here, SUPER390.

      • “Since Bill previously has written that Latin American radicalism is unjustified because “they” are to blame for their historical economic woes.”

        Go back and reread my comment on Hernando de Soto, SUPER390, and you will be reminded that I wrote that Latin American underdevelopment has been due to both foreign exploitation and internal corruption and practices that hinder advancement. Please do not try to misrepresent what I have written in pursuit of your own ideological agenda, SUPER390.

  4. Whatever.

    Y’all are dodging the bigger question here.
    Bloomberg reports link to that

    “Ecuador’s Communications Secretary Fernando Alvarado … said today the government is offering the U.S. $23 million, an amount similar to what the U.S. provides under ATPDEA, to provide human rights training to combat torture, illegal executions and attacks on peoples’ privacy.”

    Should the USA accept foreign aid offered by Ecuador ?
    If we accepted it, would we spend it on putting the President and his White House staff through human rights training ?
    Especially the NSC staff and NSA Donilon (if he’s still there, or NSA Rice if she’s now in that job.)

    • oops.

      AP reports that Communications Secretary Alvarado wasn’t offering Ecuadoran money in the form of foreign aid to the US; rather, he was suggesting what the US should do with the additional import duties collected on Ecuadoran goods should be used for. See, e.g.,
      link to

  5. What were the recent prejudicial, false, and counterproductive accusations against Ecuador by US Government Officials?

  6. Addendum: Her’s a link to a very enlightening interview/podcast with Bill Black (the economist).
    link to

    In it are some facts regarding Correa, his economics, and the Ecuadorian press.
    They certainly are not reported in the MSM which engages in pure propaganda.

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