Ecuadorian President Accuses American Hackers of Shutting Down Electoral Website on Election Night

By: Sabrina Martín - @SabrinaMartinR - Apr 7, 2017, 4:24 pm
Rafael Correa: “For 18 minutes the CNE’s web page shut down, due to American hackers’ cyber-attacks” (Flickr).

EspañolEcuadorian President Rafael Correa accused US hackers of temporarily shutting down the National Electoral Council’s (CNE) web page on election day.

Correa dismisses the opposition’s claim of an alleged fraud in connection with the irregular variation of the results between opposition candidate Guillermo Lasso and the ruling party’s Lenin Moreno.

“For 18 minutes the CNE’s web page shut down, due to American hacker’s cyber-attacks, which also affected ECU911 (national emergency service) and the Alianza Pais (Correa’s political party),” said the President on Twitter.

Correa said that these “attacks” from the United States are “the result of what is increasingly a clear plan of the right to create chaos, because they do not accept their obvious electoral defeat.”

He also responded to a “challenge” proposed by the opposition’s vice presidential candidate for CREO, Andrés Páez, who also called on Twitter for a computer audit “of the system’s shut down.”

Correa said that there will be proof that “there was no shut down.”

Tweet: “CREO delegates. What happened was an 18-minute shutdown on the CNE’s WEB PAGE -not the system- due to hacker attacks from…”

Tweet: “… the USA, attacks which were also suffered by ECU911 and AP, due to evermore clear right-wing plan.”

“Lasso never had the lead, as they falsely say, and to propose that the results of the web page’s shut down changed that, is as ridiculous as arguing that because the Banco de Guayaquil system went down (bank owned by the opposition leader), they changed the balance of my account,” said Correa.

CREO argues that  before the access to the CNE’s web page was denied, Lasso was winning, but after the connection was reestablished, he “suspiciously” fell behind.

CREO traced the “fraud” in the April 2nd elections and says there are 1,795 “irregular records” that equal to 592,350 votes, slightly more than double the 229,000 votes that the ruling Lenin candidate Moreno allegedly won by.

Sources:El Comercio; La República

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Sabrina Martín is a Venezuelan journalist, commentator, and editor based in Valencia with experience in corporate communication. Follow @SabrinaMartinR.

Venezuelan Dictatorship Bans Opposition Leader Capriles from Politics for 15 Years

By: Sabrina Martín - @SabrinaMartinR - Apr 7, 2017, 3:37 pm
Henrique Capriles Radonski

Español Nicolas Maduro's regime has politically disqualified the governor of the state Miranda and opposition leader Henrique Capriles Radonski. It was just a rumor until a few hours ago and was confirmed by the same official, who reported that he was notified about the prohibition. "I inform the country and the international public that I was just notified about a 15-year prohibition," wrote the opposition leader on Twitter today. Read More: Venezuelan Assemblymen Accuse Public Defender of Complicity in Coup Read More: Venezuelan Foreign Minister Lost Her Temper at OAS Permanent Council Tweet: URGENT: I inform the country and international public opinion that I was notificied right now about a 15-year PROHIBITION. "This is intended to harass me and those of us who work in the government. I will not negotiate with anyone, because principles are not negotiable. I am a democrat and I will continue to defend the Constitution and democracy," he said. On Wednesday, the General Comptroller of the Republic imposed a USD $10 fine on him "for altering the state of Miranda's budget." The state agency also noted the alleged link between Capriles and Brazilian construction company Odebrecht, accused of paying bribes to Latin American governments to obtain contracts. "The only way to disqualify an official to prevent them from being elected is through a conviction," he said. The regional president told comptroller Manuel Galindo that it is not the fine that is important in the citation, but the "plot that is being set up." Article 65 of the Constitution prohibits from politics "Those who have been convicted of offenses committed during the exercise of their functions that affect public patrimony, within the time determined by law, from the moment the sentence is filed, in accordance to the seriousness of the crime. " googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); });   Capriles denies ties with Odebrecht All of the construction company Odebrecht's contracts in the state of Miranda (Venezuela) were signed when Diosdado Cabello was governor, according to opposition leader Henrique Capriles Radonski. Capriles stated that the only contract in which the current management had participated in was in Los Teques Metro and, shortly after taking office, they were "removed" from the project. "We have no relationship with Odebrecht. The national government has a relationship with them. There's a scam in all of Odebrecht's contracts, in all of them," he asserted. "Yesterday there was confusion between Odebrecht and the Comptroller. Odebrecht had contracts with Miranda's government when Diosdado was governor. They also built the Los Teques subway, among other constructions, the government hires them and blames us. Whoever has doubts may ask, I have all the information about Odebretch in the state of Miranda," said the opposition leader. Sources: Efecto Cocuyo; El Nacional

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