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    Ecuador says CIA infiltrated its military Fri 31 Oct 2008 http://africa.reuters.com/world/news/usnTRE49U0CH.html QUITO (Reuters) - Ecuador charged on Thursday
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      Ecuador says CIA infiltrated its military
      Fri 31 Oct 2008
      http://africa.reuters.com/world/news/usnTRE49U0CH.html


      QUITO (Reuters) - Ecuador charged on Thursday the CIA infiltrated its
      military and knew of a Colombian military raid against rebels in
      Ecuadorean territory -- accusations that could fray ties with
      Washington.

      A U.S. embassy spokeswoman in Quito declined to comment on the
      charges.

      Defence Minister Javier Ponce said the CIA knew of the Colombian
      attack before the Ecuadorean government from agents inside its
      military.

      "The CIA had full knowledge of what was happening in Angostura,"
      Ponce told reporters, referring to the border hamlet where Colombia
      troops killed a top leftist rebel leader in March.

      The raid, which also killed other 24 people, briefly raised the
      threat of war after Ecuador and Venezuela sent soldiers and tanks to
      their borders with Colombia. Nerves calmed quickly in a regional
      meeting a week later but Ecuador and Colombia still have not mended
      diplomatic ties since the attack.

      Ecuador's latest accusation makes it more difficult for Quito to
      restore diplomatic ties with U.S.-ally Colombia.

      President Rafael Correa, a popular leftist and ally of U.S. foe
      Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez, has said the CIA controls some of his
      country's spy units and launched a military probe that raised
      tensions with the country's powerful army.

      The U.S.-trained economist has mainly kept good ties with the United
      States, but is often critical of President George W. Bush, once
      saying he was dumber than the devil.

      Correa has vowed not to renew a lease on an air base used by U.S.
      troops for anti-drug operations which expires in 2009.

      In a recent visit to Quito, a Russian security official said the
      Kremlin was open to helping Ecuador's intelligence as part of a
      broader plan to improve ties with Latin America.


      (Reporting by Jose Llangari and Alexandra Valencia; editing by Alan
      Elsner)

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