The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is using drug money to fund
Rafael Correa’s opposition in the coming 2013 Ecuadorian elections,
intelligence sources have revealed to Chilean independent media. The
accusations do not stand alone. In October, former UK diplomat Craig
Murray said that the CIA had tripled its budget to destabilize the
government of Ecuador.
The allegations were made public
by President Rafael Correa on November 3rd on national television, just
days after his official visit to Chile to meet with President Sebastian
Correa reaffirmed information that appeared in an article
written by Chilean independent media outlet Panoramas News, revealing
that the CIA and DEA stations in Chile were running a narcotics
trafficking network through that country with the full knowledge of
Chilean authorities and police.
One of the sources quoted by Chilean media, a former police officer
in the Policia de Investigaciones (PDI) by the name of Fernando Ulloa,
said that 300 kilograms of cocaine were entering Chile monthly under the
escort of members of his own institution, the Carabineros, and the
Chilean Army. In May 2011, Fernando Ulloa met with then Chilean Minister
of Interior Rodrigo Hinzpeter in La Moneda to inform him about the drug
network. After more than one year, the Piñera’s government had done
nothing to investigate the case.
The scandal resurfaced again after 10 Chilean cops were detained with
links to a minor drug smuggling ring, not connected to the one Ulloa
was exposing. Although Chilean television was more open to talk about
police corruption, Ulloa was only interviewed by two TV networks, where he accused
Minister Rodrigo Hinzpeter of covering up the larger narcotics ring he
was investigating before being kicked out of his job as PDI inspector.
The links to US intelligence emerged after an anonymous source from
the Agencia Nacional de Inteligencia (ANI) told Panoramas News that the
smuggling of 300 kilos of cocaine was in fact a highly sensitive CIA/DEA
operation that would help to raise money to topple the government of
Ecuador. The operation is similar to the one carried out by the Agency
in Central America during the Iran-Contra scandal in the 1980’s, the
The director of Panoramas News, journalist Patricio Mery Bell, was
planning to hand over the information to Rafael Correa while the
Ecuadorian President was visiting Chile, but he was strangely accused
of beating a woman after she stole his cell-phone. The cell-phone
memory contained a video testimony of Mery’s intelligence source,
destined to be passed to Correa, but it ended up in the hands of the
police after the mysterious incident.
Once he was in Ecuador, President Rafael Correa connected the dots
and decided to go public with the information. He quoted Murray’s early
warnings about the CIA’s intent to “fund, bribe or blackmail media and
officials”, originally written in the former diplomat’s own blog, adding that the Agency was dealing drugs just as Oliver North had done during the Contra support effort.
In an interview with NTN24,
journalist Patricio Mery added more details to the case, relating the
cover-up of the CIA drug dealing operation to the deaths of two
different people in the last seven years: former soldier Fabian Vega,
who was found hung in the northern city of Calama in 2005, and young
citizen Nestor Madariaga Juantok, found death with two bullets in the
port of Valparaiso in 2006. Both were ruled as suicides.
Mery also gave the name of the alleged CIA liaison with the Chilean
Navy, former captain Jesus Saez Luna, who is now being held in a
penitentiary after he mysteriously escaped from Navy custody. Saez Luna
was described in his arrest as the biggest drug dealer of the coastal
city of Viña del Mar, with networks in Santiago de Chile and the Bio-Bio
southern region of the country. Known as “El Marino”, the former
captain utilized “military intelligence” tactics to avoid detection by
police, according to the Chilean newspaper La Segunda.
The case is being depicted as “Chile-Contras”, in reference to the
history of CIA narcotics trafficking in Nicaragua. This is just another
example of how drug money is used to fund covert operations, such as the
ones we have seen in Syria, with whole guerrilla armies and opposition
forces being financed to overthrow countries that aren’t part of the
Anglo-American establishment and don’t bow to American corporate
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