Ecuador accuses CIA of controlling part of its intelligence 2008-04-06 10:22:37

QUITO, April 5 (Xinhua) -- Ecuador's President Rafael Correa accused the CIA on Saturday of controlling many of his country's spy agencies and passing information to Colombia.

"Many of our intelligence agencies have been taken over by the CIA," the president said during his weekly radio address.

"Through the CIA, information found here was passed to Colombiato improve their position," he added.

The president has fired a top intelligence officer and plans to overhaul spy agencies for belatedly informing him about links between Colombian rebels and an Ecuadorian who died in Colombia's raid inside Ecuador last month.

Correa also charged that the United States financed some officers in the Ecuadorian spy agencies.

Ecuador broke off diplomatic ties with Colombia after Colombian troops attacked a rebel camp inside Ecuadorian territory on March 1.

The conflict briefly aroused fears of war in the Andean region as Ecuador and Venezuela ordered troops to their borders with Colombia, but was later eased at a regional summit on March 7.

On Monday, Ecuador began suing neighboring Colombia at the International Court of Justice, demanding an end to Colombian herbicide spraying, citing its alleged bad impact on the health of Ecuadorians as well as their animals and crops.

Correa said that Ecuador's decision to sue Colombia in international court was in response to the raid.