Because there’s no such thing as too much Ecuadorability, this week goes to Rafael Correa, again. And I’m sure that when you read this, you’ll agree that Ecuador deserves a high-five:
On Friday, the president of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, celebrated the decision of the Supreme Court of Colombia to declare “without juridical validity” the data from the computer alleged to have belonged to the deceased guerrilla leader, Raúl Reyes.
The president stated that the ruling demonstrates that all the documents extracted were a “tall tale”.
“I’m not surprised by the decision of the Supreme Court. Moreover, I recognize the quality of justice in Colombia, because despite the political pressures that had to come to bear (on the members of the judiciary in this instance), they acted rightly and what they are saying is what we have always known,” said Correa.
The president had been accused a few days ago by the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) of having asked for and received financing from the FARC for his political campaign of 2006.
Correa emphasized that only the corrupt media outlets gave echo to those accusations, along with “the planetary powers who try to damage every progressive government.”
He underlined that the archives were allegedly extracted from the computers confiscated by the Colombian army, during an illegal raid on Ecuadorian territory (in the Colombia-Ecuador border region) on March 1, 2008, in which the #2 FARC leader, Raúl Reyes, was killed.
The event generated tensions between the governments of Ecuador and Colombia.
This week, the president of the Supreme Court of Colombia, Camilo Tarquino, declared that the evidence derived from those archives was “null and illegal due to having been gathered with neither authorization nor participation of the authorities” of Ecuador.
As well, they were in document format, and were not taken from an e-mail address that might demonstrate that they had been sent and received, Tarquino added.
BTW, the IISS is about as smelly a source as you can get for allegedly incriminating information about a foreign leader. Venezuelanalysis notes that they were also the source of the “dodgy dossier” that was sexed-up to incriminate Saddam Hussein. That dossier provided a pretext for the Coalition of the Killing to declare war on Iraq…illegally, as it turns out. And since they’re agitating for war on Ecuador and Venezuela (Ecuador partly for refusing to keep the Manta base open to the gringos, and partly for refusing to let ChevronToxico off the hook, Venezuela for a multitude of reasons, all stemming from her popular democratic leader), I think we can spot a dirty agenda at work here.
Happily, Colombia is no longer playing along the way it once was (rather surprisingly, considering that its current president was El Narco’s defence minister at the time the Raúl Reyes raid went down). Juan Manuel Santos is being remarkably decent to his neighbors, which must have the whole region breathing a quiet but definite sigh of relief. Ecuador has dodged a bullet here, and Venezuela no doubt will be the next country exonerated. That, surely, is worth celebrating this Festive Left Friday, no?