CIA Plot Against Correa Funded by Drug Money 1271

Hillary Clinton is repeating the methodology of the Iran/Contra affair, using “black” funds to finance the operation to ensure President Correa is not re-elected.

I had two excellent sources for the news that the US/UK strategy against Julian Assange was to ensure the defeat of President Correa in Presidential elections next spring, and then have him expelled from the Ecuadorean Embassy. One source was within the UK civil service and one in Washington. Both had direct, personal access to the information I described. Both told me in the knowledge I would publish it.

Of course Assange is not the only reason Clinton wants rid of Correa; but it adds spice and urgency.

We now have completely independent evidence from Chile that this CIA operation exists, from journalists who were investigating a smuggling operation involving 300 kg per month of cocaine, organised by the Chilean army and security services.

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 source said.

A few days ago I published information I had received that Patricio Mery Bell, the director of the news programme which broke the story, had been lured to a meeting with a young lady “informant” who had worked with CIA-backed anti-Cuban groups in Miami. She had then accused him of sexual assault (does any of that scenario sound familiar?) He was arrested and his materials had been confiscated. However I took the article down after jst a few minutes because I had received the information in emails from sources I did not know previously, and was unsure it could stand up. It does now appear that this is indeed true.

My Washigton informant had told me, as I published, that the funds for the anti-Correa operation were not from the CIA budget but from secret funds controlled by the Pentagon. This could not be done by CIA funds because, perhaps surprisingly, for the CIA to operate in this way is a crime in the United States.

Whether my informant knew or suspected that the “secret Pentagon funds” were drug money I do not know. They did not mention narcotics.

1,271 thoughts on “CIA Plot Against Correa Funded by Drug Money

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  • DoNNyDarKo

    After US troops kidnapped the Honduras president, it was obvious Saurons eye had turned to Central and South America once again.The wave of socialism sweeping Latin America riled a US , used to having Junta’s and death squads keep the people in their place.
    It’s not only Correa that’s in their sights. How many attempts has there been on Chavez?
    Over 100 years of Meddling.

  • Teymoor

    Craig, I’m still having to access your site via proxy server, because somehow there’s no finding it through my Qatar internet provider. (QTEL).
    Strange thing is, though, that I don’t get the standard “blocked” message from the Qatar censors. Instead, there’s a message from Google, viz : “Oops! Google Chrome could not find“.

    Why would google fail to find you?

  • Mary

    William Blum on the same subject in July this year in his Anti Empire Report.

    sub-heading Julian Assange

    You think with the whole world watching, the United States would not be so obvious as to target Assange with a drone? They’ve done it with American citizens. Assange is a mere Aussie.

    And Ecuador and its president, Rafael Correa, will pay a price. You think with the whole world watching, the United States would not intervene in Ecuador? In Latin America, it comes very naturally for Washington. During the Cold War it was said that the United States could cause the downfall of a government south of the border … with a frown. The dissolution of the Soviet Union didn’t bring any change in that because it was never the Soviet Union per se that the United States was fighting. It was the threat of a good example of an alternative to the capitalist model.

    For example, on January 21, 2000 in Ecuador, where almost two-thirds live in poverty, a very large number of indigenous peasants rose up in desperation and marched to the capital city of Quito, where they were joined by labor unions and some junior military officers (most members of the army being of indigenous stock). This coalition presented a list of economic demands, seized the Congress and Supreme Court buildings, and forced the president to resign. He was replaced by a junta from the ranks of the new coalition. The Clinton administration was alarmed. Besides North American knee-reflex hostility to anything that look or smells like a leftist revolution, Washington had big plans for a large military base in Manta (later closed by Correa). And Colombia — already plagued by leftist movements — was next door.


  • willyrobinson

    Interesting interview – Mery Bell seems to have very detailed and specific information from the Agencia Nacional de Inteligencia (ANI), and is naming names. Let’s see in the next 24 hours who wants to know…

  • willyrobinson

    This video (audio really) is easier to understand and the material more detailed and better explained especially if, like me, your Spanish is not quite up to Chilean speed.
    Don Patricio Mery Bell – si estas leyendo esto, pues muchas gracias por ser tan valiente por sacar a la luz todo esto.

  • conjunction

    the drug trade, of course, being the method used by the CIA to fund the contras, with the slight side effect being tens of thousands of deaths in the subsequent Mexican drug wars, cf the book “Dark Alliance”

  • Ben Franklin (head honcho CIA Office for Craig Murray Operations)

    I wish I had learned Spanish.

    Drugs are often used to cover the cash trail. Is POTUS always privy to covert ops? I don’t think so…..plausible deniability and all that. I happen to live in a Medical Marijuana state. Obama, up until re-election, has sent DEA in to harass providers, I surmise, to offset criticisms of his past recreational drug use. But I have no doubt for CIA or NSA, this is SOP.

    The Espionage Act of 1917 was originally written to stop the German spies of WWI, and has since been abused by targeting dissidents. I am certain they would feel no compunction to expand that rationale to include Correa, using Assange as the excuse.

  • Ex Pat

    IRAN – CONTRA – 1

    John Stockwell put it as clearly as any man could. –

    “I don’t mean to abuse you with verbal violence, but you have to understand what your government and its agents are doing. They go into villages, they haul out families. With the children forced to watch they castrate the father, they peel the skin off his face, they put a grenade in his mouth and pull the pin. With the children forced to watch they gang-rape the mother, and slash her breasts off. And sometimes for variety, they make the parents watch while they do these things to the children.” These are not just words. It is also real. Real mothers. Real children. Real fathers. Real death.

    “We do not parachute teams into the Soviet Union to haul families out at night and castrate the father with the children watching, because they have the Bomb, and a big army, and they would parachute teams right back into our country and do the same thing to us – they’re not scared of us. For slightly different reasons, but also obvious reasons, we don’t do these things in England, or France, or Germany, or Sweden, or Italy, or Japan. What comes out at you immediately is that these 1 to 3 million direct victims, the dead, and in these other wars, they’re people of the third world. They’re people of the Metumba mountains of the Congo, and the jungles of Southeast Asia, and now the hills of northern Nicaragua – 12,000 peasants. We have not killed KGB or Russian army advisors in Nicaragua. We are not killing Cuban advisors. We’re not killing very many Sandinistas. The 12,000 that we have killed in Nicaragua are peasants, who have the misfortune of living in a CIA’s chosen battlefield. Mostly women and children. Communists? Far, far, far more Catholics than anything else.”

(*) “Now case officers that do these things in places in Nicaragua, they do not come back to the U.S. (or UK. Ed.) and click their heels and suddenly become responsible citizens. They see themselves – they have been functioning above the laws, of God, and the laws of man – they’ve come back to this country, and they’ve continued their operations as far as they can get by with them. And we have abundant documentation of that as well. The MH-Chaos program, exposed in the late 60’s and shut down, re-activated by President Reagan to a degree – we don’t have the details yet – in which they were spending a billion dollars to manipulate U.S. student, and labor organizations. The MK-ultra program. For 20 years, working through over 200 medical schools and mental hospitals, including Harvard medical school, Georgetown, some of the biggest places we’ve got, to experiment on American citizens with disease, and drugs.”

    from Part 2 – John Stockwell

    Part 1 – and

    – Video – John Stockwell – “Third World War” – Forty years of Secret Wars of the C1A – 6 million killed –

    John Stockwell and

    ‘America’s Third World War – 6m to 20m Killed,’ by John Stockwell –

    Wiki – excellent links – now edited out, naturally. Spend a few minutes comparing edits of ‘External links’ for the good stuff ; )

    Johan Galtung – the US empire has murdered 12m or 16m in forty years. “The difference is between overt murders and including covert murders by the US.” In illegal wars and genocides. –

    ‘How would we know that the Empire is dead?” – Johan Galtung –


    The Captain Renault Award for recognizing US Empire illegal war, murder, torture-to-death and 27,000 missing ‘disappeared’ Muslims (“Are they alive or are they in mass graves?” – Robert Fisk). –

    Given to those Shocked, Shocked! at the obvious. – Original – Casablanca – ; ) –

  • John Goss

    Mr Craig Murray, sir, well done again. This blog is the first place to look for the real news.

    According to Guy Sims’ great book on Julian Assange in Sweden, it seems more than likely that Assange was let out of the country (Sweden) – he had a meeting in Germany – so that the Swedish secret services could steal 3 of his laptops, and that was the purpose of the rape allegations, which were raised as he left for the airport. Airport personnel though should have arrested him since he was wanted for questioning. They didn’t but confiscated his laptops. His defence lawyer had asked Marianne Ny if it was all right for him to leave the country and she had confirmed that it was. The next day she issued the rape accusations. Isn’t this exactly the same as the above Patricio Mery Bell honey-trap? How often do they pull the same trick? If it wasn’t so serious it would be laughable.

    You must buy this book everybody. Less than $3.

  • nevermind

    They have done it before in the Laos triangle, bumping up the annual production of opium from 4 tons to 200tons just before the outbreak of the Vietnam war and during the first part of it. The CIA has form.

    Can Correas compadre Hugo Chavez outdo the 300kg cowboys, after all he has just been promised 40 billion dollars from China. Is Hugo Chavez big hearted enough to help a third country infesting the electoral process with bribes and innuendo?

    Should this not be muito importande? Promoting the unity of South American democracies, against US manipulation and interference at the ballot box.

  • Ex Pat

    IRAN – CONTRA – 2


    Duane Claridge of the CIA Department of Operations — ‘Torture, Murder and Genocide ‘R US’ — reveals his inner psychopath to John Pilger – Gunning down protesters – the same old same old. –

    The same Duane Claridge who most recently apparently provided the (fake? in)security for the US Benghazi CIA station that got the US ambassador killed. (A US Empire Neo-Con Nazi false flag attack on … the US? NO change there, then! ).

    Which is as good a reason as any for _not_ pardoning Iran-Contra psychopathic murdering torture-to-death genocidaires … Oops! Too late now, at least for the US State Department victims.

    Hard luck. Perhaps you were working for the wrong fascist Empire? Better luck next time!

    Except that there is no next time. Not for you and not for the 12m to 16m other victims of the US Empire’s (Neo-Con?) Nazis. –

    – Duane Claridge with John Pilger – Torture, Murder and Genocide is _so_ American – ‘War on Democracy’ –

    Witness to summary executions by US forces in Panama – Tell US that this didn’t happen, is not happening today, in Iraq, Afghanistan and now Libya. Because reports say that is _exactly_ what is happening. – The Panama Deception. – @ 45.08

    Venezuela coup – US coup elements assassinating protesters with high-powered rifles and claiming that it was the Chavez government firing on their own people. No change there, then!

    – Also notable are the ultra-right wing — barking mad / lying-through-their-teeth — TV stations who claimed that the Chavez government was firing on their own people.

    John Pilger’s War on Democracy documentary cuts away to show that those firing on the crowds were elite police units — part of the coup –, assassinating civilians so that the right could blame it on the Chavez government. The crowd is firing back at empty streets and the coup’s gunmen. The right wing N_zis cut the TV footage to show the opposite, naturally. As seen in every US coup since forever … (Teheran’s Neda for one). –

    @ 23.00 – John Pilger’s ‘War on Democracy’ – Vimeo –


    Just say “Up yours” to USUK Empire Neo-Con Nazi mass psychosis! –

    USUK Empire Neo-Con Nazism made mainstream by ‘Biggus Dickus,’ (of Wome on the Potomac) — Big Oil tool and US Torture promoter – brought to Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, Sudan, Aden, Syria, Egypt, Uzbekistan, Poland, Lithuania and many, many more —

    – “You lucky bastard” – Monty Python – Life of Brian –

  • Dreoilin

    Breaking: CIA Director Petraeus Resigns Over ‘Extra-Marital Affair’ — Letter of resignation by David H. Petraeus has been submitted to President Barack Obama
    09 Nov 2012

    Source: CLG

  • craig Post author

    Makes me wonder whether the brown stuff is about to hit the spinning blades on their drug operations in South America

  • Duncan McFarlane

    Given the whole Iran-Contra stuff – and the way the Bush junior admin funded ‘black ops’ in the middle east with drug money to avoid congressional oversight – i wouldn’t be at all surprised if this was true.

  • Ex Pat


    John le Carre – “The United States has gone mad”. No change there, then! John le Carre gives it to the US Empire (Neo-Con?) Nazis with both barrels.

    – ‘The United States has gone mad’ – Democracy Now 2010 –

    John le Carre on the US Neo-Con Nazis – ‘the wrong element in the US’ (*1) – HA! -, Thatcher, War and more.

    Remember that Thatcher sold out Britain on oil, giving ownership of the oil to US Empire oil companies, with some to the UK elite. Which wealth went offshore, naturally.

    Which might be another reason why John le Carre says, “Under Thatcher whose influence upon my country I detest….” – @ 4.50 –

    “We in old Europe know about war and we don’t want anymore war. We hate war. The United States, alas, has still to interpret politics in military terms and that’s a catastrophe.” @6.00 –

    Neo-Cons – ‘A plundering movement.’ Le Carre has the measure of the Neo-Con Nazi _uggers! –

    Q. Why is there a war on terror?

    A. “Because the US has not learned how to hold itself together without an external enemy.” “What you have to do – ask Karl Rove – is make sure that people are frightened.” !!! – @3.36 –

    “These days it’s very hard to buy, or to read, uninfluenced, unbought, opinion. Whether in the press, in politics, on radio, on television. Increasingly people are afraid of offending against the corporate or the collective voice.” Which doesn’t even start to consider the (im)pure propaganda organs (like the Grauniad and Monbiot and oh so many more!? See Operation Mockingbird! ; ) Ed). –

    – Part 3 – @ 7.18

    “What do you think US Empire (Neo-Con?) Nazi murderers are?” (ER, Spies? And/or Muppet Stream Media journalists, naturally. ; ) Ed.) – *** Crank the volume, it’s too low *** –

    – The Spy Who Came In From The Cold –


    ‘Peace in Our Time.’ (But not if the USUK Empire (Neo-Con?) Nazi Nonces have anything to do with it?!) – John Cleese –

  • Suhayl Saadi

    This is a major scoop, Craig. I – and I’m sure many others who peruse this excellent site – will spread it widely. Let’s see whether or not the MSM firstly, pick it up and secondly, link it to, among other matters, the Assange situation. Will we read a headline such as:




    or even:


    I doubt it.

    Like Technicolour, the first thing I thought of in relation to similar tactics being used sytemically by the USA (apart from in South and Central America, of course) was Afghanistan. Heroin, coke… you name it, for decades the hyperpower has been peddling it, both domestically and internationally.

  • Mary

    Yes ExPat. You say ‘Remember that Thatcher sold out Britain on oil,…’

    Enterprise Oil is a case in point. It belonged to THE PEOPLE as did its oilfields. She privatised it and eventually it was flogged off to Shell in 2002 when Blair was in power.

    Note the involvement of our new Archbishop of Canterbury in Enterprise.

  • Mary

    I expect it is not news now that Petraeus, appointed head of the CIA after his successes in Afghanistan, has resigned following his admitting to having an extra marital affair. Drugs in Afghanistan, CIA involvement in S American drugs. Drugs and the US go together. Petraeus must be very experienced in the drugs business.

  • Mary

    Trouble at Mill down at the BBC. Unreserved apologies all round to Lord McAlpine. A senior news executive has been sent in by Entwistle to supervise tonight’s tranmission of Newsnight etc. Murdoch must be loving all this.

    Q Why did the police allegedly tell Steve Meesham that the person he identified from a photo that they supplied was Lord McAlpine? Also why didn’t the BBC make checks before they broadcast that programme in which Lord McAlpine was named.

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