The government of Rafael Correa, first elected in 2006, has broken from the neoliberal doctrines Washington has imposed on Latin America. It has embraced regional integration, moving closer to its neighbours and further away from the US. Diplomatic cables published by WikiLeaks show how hard the US fought to control Ecuador's future post-Gutierrez. They show a key element of US efforts to control Ecuador s political and economic direction in the post-Gutierrez years was the US Embassy s "democracy promotion" activity.
WikiLeaks cables released on June 9 shed new light on the United States' role in the Bagua Massacre in Peru on June 5, 2009. The cables suggest then-US ambassador Michael McKinley may have encouraged the Peruvian government to use force against protesters in an operation that cost 10 protesters and 24 police officers their lives.
The US Vice-President called Julian Assange a "type of high - tech terrorist", yet we have no confidence that the Australian government has made any representation to the US government in defence of his rights.