Quito cables: Exposing a pro-US line

Attempting to stem the ‘pink tide’, WikiLeaks cables indicate how the US bungled its strategy in Ecuador.

Lookifng at South America today, one would have to conclude that the region’s so-called “Pink Tide” turn to the left has been more or less consolidated. Yet recent US cables released by whistle-blowing outfit WikiLeaks demonstrate just how difficult and fraught such a transition can be. Take, for example, Ecuador, a small, poverty-stricken and politically turbulent nation caught between the US on the one hand and rising leftist sentiment on the other.

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