Top Ecuadorian Officials Under Investigation Over Shady US PR Work

Ecuador’s communications secretary and ambassador to the US summoned to give testimony



Top Ecuadorian Officials Under Investigation Over Shady US PR Work

BY: Lachlan Markay Follow @lachlan

Ecuador’s top law enforcement officer is investigating the roles of two senior government officials, including the country’s ambassador to Washington, in a controversial public relations contract in the United States.

The country’s prosecutor general on Oct. 3 summoned Communications Secretary Fernando Alvarado and Ambassador to the United States Nathalie Cely to testify about their roles in securing that contract.

Ecuadorian assemblyman Andres Paez, who requested the investigation last month, revealed the proceedings in a press release this month.

“It all smells bad,” Paez said of Cely’s involvement in the contract, which paid for public relations services on behalf of the Ecuadorian government in the United States. “It smells like filth and corruption.”

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