Disinfo: US replaced Ecuador President, Rafael Correa, with Lenin Moreno, Washington’s man

Summary

In 2017 the US replaced the president of Ecuador Rafael Correa with Washington-supported Lenin Moreno. Subsequently, Ecuador’s new president revoked the asylum that had been granted to Julian Assange.

Disproof

Recurrent pro-Kremlin narrative about US-sponsored regime change in Latin America.

There is no evidence that in 2017 the United States replaced Ecuador's President Rafael Correa with Lenìn Moreno. According to the author, this regime change, allegedly conducted by the US, was aimed to revoke the political asylum that had been granted by Ecuador to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in Ecuador’s embassy in London.

Former president Rafael Correa did not stand for re-election in 2017 due to the constitutional limit of two terms. The presidency went to leftist candidate Lenìn Moreno, formerly part of the Correa government as vice president, who won the election with 51.15% of the vote in the runoff against conservative candidate Guillermo Lasso, who later became president in the 2021 elections.

International observers commented that the elections were fair.

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  • Reported in: Issue 255
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 16/08/2021
  • Article language(s) English, Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ecuador, US
  • Keywords: Julian Assange, Elections, Puppets
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Disproof

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Disinfo: The American lobby protects anti-Polish and anti-Christian TV channel

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Disproof

A common pro-Kremlin narrative on “lost sovereignty” - in this case, projected on Poland. This country is often presented as a “puppet-state” of the United States, which fully controls the domestic and foreign policy of this country through the “omnipotent American lobby”.

The claim that Poland fights with the Nord Stream 2 because of activities of the pro-American lobby is unfounded. Poland and many other EU countries perceive this project as a serious security threat to Europe.

Disinfo: Russia does not interfere in other countries’ internal affairs

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The authors of these accusations do not provide any evidence or facts but set out only speculation, the purpose of which is to maintain a high degree of Russophobia in American society.

Moscow does not betray its principles of non-interference in the internal affairs of other countries.

Moreover, Russia categorically rejects all fabrications in its direction about "attempts to influence the political situation in the US".

Disproof

Recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative denying any Russian responsibility for interfering in other countries’ internal affairs, and especially in the elections, despite massive evidence to the contrary.

It is not true that there is no evidence to support Western accusations of Kremlin involvement in other countries' affairs. Russian interference in the US 2020 election has been established beyond doubt not only by US intelligence but also by law enforcement officials, journalists and researchers. Multiple attempts to influence the public discourse to favour one candidate over the other were uncovered throughout 2019 and 2020, though their ultimate success is disputed.