Talk show on Colombian
CIA agent Carlos Alberto Montaner
linked to coup plotter Lucio Gutiérrez
A strange pair appeared on NTN 24, the right-wing
Colombian television channel aligned to the Fox
Broadcasting Company the U.S. A few hours after the
coup attempt in Quito, Ecuador, CIA agent Carlos
Alberto Montaner, a fugitive from Cuban justice for
acts of terrorism, joined with one of the leaders of
the failed Ecuadorian coup, ex-Lieutenant Colonel
Lucio Gutiérrez, to attack President Rafael Correa.
opened the show by denigrating the head of state
with lies like this, "If they killed him (President
Correa) right that moment (…) that would have
started a blood bath in the country. Why did he do
that? That kind of thing is not done. That is not
presidential behavior—removing his tie and
challenging police officers," he said.
Describing the head of state as a hot head and a
"person who has a lot of difficulty controlling
himself," Montaner —known precisely for these
characteristics—accused him of having met with the
rebelling police in order to provoke them. "He
didn’t go there to find a consensus, or to talk, he
went to defeat them," he charged.
As arrogant as ever, Montaner went on to ridicule
Correa as someone who wanted to give himself "the
image of a president full of testosterone, capable
of controlling the situation...and among certain
people, who are very primitive, who don’t have much
of an education, perhaps that would arouse some
Speaking with an unaccustomed deference to the
deposed head of state Lucio Gutiérrez, "Mr.
ex-president," Montaner asked him with wonderful
incredulity, "Did you really intend to overthrow
And the coup conspirator replied with great
solemnity, "Greetings to the entire democratic
world…I refute President Correa’s assertions that
there was an attempted coup in Ecuador. There was
nothing more than a protest by ranking police, a
protest by one police troop."
He continued with allegations about the
"extremely poor economic management by President
Correa and "his attempt through a law to reduce
"We have a president who does not tolerate
opposition," Gutiérrez maintained, speaking to his
sympathetic interviewer before expressing his
concern as to the fate of his conspirators, "What is
going happen to the opposition? Who will is going to
speak on behalf of the opposition, which is already
beginning to be persecuted…?
And Montaner added," That is the problem, that
there are no international mechanisms to defend the
On the margin of his media news shows, Montaner’s
is known for his fanatic support of the most extreme
elements of the Cuban-American mafia.
Last year, in the wake of the coup d’état against
Honduran President Manuel Zelaya, June 28, he became
an fervent supporter of the dictator Roberto
Micheletti, along with U.S. Congresswoman Ileana
Ros-Lehtinen, and another Cuban-American terrorist
and CIA collaborator, Armando Valladares.
Montaner showed up repeatedly in Tegucigalpa to "defend
human rights," and at the same time to applaud the
fascist Honduran regime when it unleashed its police
on demonstrations by the National Resistance Front.
A graduate of the Inter-American Defense College
(IADC) in Washington, Lucio Gutiérrez participated
in the January 21, 2000 coup against
constitutionally elected President Jamil Mahuad. In
2002, he was elected to the presidency. A popular
protest removed him from power on April 20, 2005, in
the midst of violent repression that led to the
death of Chilean photo-reporter Julio García, and
hundreds of people being injured.
Tele Noticias 24 Horas (NTN24) is a right-wing
news channel owned by the Colombian RCN Televisión
network, which broadcasts from its studios in
Translated by Granma International