Last week, in an effort to influence elections in Ecuador to harm candidate Anders Arause, a video was released in which three alleged members of the Colombian National Liberation Army offered their support to the candidate.
The recording was widely circulated on social networks, after the Colombian magazine Semana published a report in which it claimed to have obtained documents revealing the alleged financial support of the National Liberation Army for Arouz, the candidate of Unin por la Esperanza. Collects Compliant.
In the video, a presumed member of the ELN reads a text confirming that he “continues” with “the commitment to attend the political campaign in Ecuador”. Below you can read: “Silva de Colombia”.
When detailing the audiovisual clip, ornithologist Manuel Sanchez called it “trucho” (wrongly) and confirmed that the video was not recorded in Colombia, as it was supposed to be seen in the Dirty Campaign.
Through “Birds Songs”, the expert recognized and determined that the place where the false message was recorded was in a place in the “Tombesian Dry Forest in Western Ecuador”.
Snchez specifies that in the video the song “Crypturellus transfasciatus (partridge or white tinam)” is heard, an endemic bird from this region of Ecuador, which it shares with Peru, and is currently “endangered.”
He also mentioned hearing other birds in the recording, such as “Turdus maculirostris (Ecuadorian blackbird) and Thrush (Dives warczewiczi)”.
“These three poor men are either guards or workers on a farmThe ornithologist said that other details, such as the weapons they used in the recording, further undermined the video’s reliability, said the ornithologist.
The National Liberation Army denies
National Liberation Army, by statementIt rejected the “false news” that these gangs “are interfering in the internal affairs of Ecuador.”
The rebel organization said it was an “information war” “to interfere in the ongoing election process in neighboring Ecuador.”
In the February 7 election, Arouz was the most voted candidate, however, he went to the second round on April 11, with a candidate not identified by the National Elections Board (CNE), due to a technical tie between Yakou Breeze, aspiring to the original Pachacotic Party; Banker Guillermo Lasso of the Creando Oportunidades Movement (CREO) in alliance with the Christian Social Party.