The US State Department said the expulsion was “unjustified.” The AFP reports that State Department spokesman Mark Toner said Hodges is one of the “most experienced and talented diplomats.” He said US officials would examine their options.
Ecuador’s El Universo reports that Patino was visibly upset at the news conference. He said that the worst part of the cable was that it said President Correa knew Vaca was corrupt and still kept him as commander of the national police in order to make sure he was “easily manipulated.”
El Universo adds that when the American ambassador was called to Patino’s office, she said nothing. She told him that because the cables had been stolen, the United States government didn’t have to make any “observations, comments or clarifications about them.”
On Monday, the Spanish El País released a cable given to the paper by WikiLeaks. In the cable, Ambassador Hodges sought advice on revoking the visa of Vaca.
El Universo notes that Ecuador hopes their decision to expel the ambassador doesn’t affect “bilateral relations.” AFP