President Lenin Moreno attacked former president Rafael Correa on Thursday following the publication of a New York Times article claiming that the former president used Ecuador’s 911 security system to spy on his political enemies.
“The former government often employed ECU 911 for unethical and perverse purposes,” Moreno said. “Recent reports document the espionage operations ordered by Rafael Correa that my government has discontinued.”
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The Times highlighted Ecuador’s purchase of surveillance equipment from China, including tens-of-thousands of video cameras that were installed in larger cities and towns. Marketed as law enforcement tools, the Times says they are easily used to monitor political activists opposed to the government. The article claims that, in some cases, Correa’s intelligence agency Senain installed cameras outside the homes of his critics.
“I am pleased to report that all activities of Senain have been dismantled and that the government has ended the practice of spying on its cititzens,” Moreno said.
Moreno, speaking at the International Seminar of Emergency Services in Quito, said that a “culture of spying and espionage’ was rampant during the Correa administration. “I discovered this shortly after I assumed office and immediately ordered the dismantling of the system,” he said.
He added: “Today, all of the electronic tools of the ECU 911 system are used for law enforcement purposes.”