The U.S. Ambassador in Quito, Heather Hodges, Knows All About Coups D’Etat as Well as Blockades – español
By Jean Guy Allard
The United States Ambassador in Quito is “distinguished” for her numerous links with USAID, the public face of U.S. intelligence which dedicates scores of millions of dollars annually to the attempt to destabilize progressive governments in Latin America. In her diplomatic career, she had the “privilege” of personal familiarity with the bloody dictatorship of the putschist Guatemalan Rio Montt and of conspiring as a high level official in the U.S. State Department’s Office of Cuban Affairs.
Heather Hodges is the former U.S. Ambassador to Moldova, a country that was part of the former USSR, where she dedicated herself to exacerbating the differences that Moldova had with Russia over the Trans-Dniestr region.
In Ecuador, it’s known that “Her Excellency” has not lost any opportunities to foment the sordid work of her intelligence personnel and exacerbate controversy in the debate about a separatist Guayaquil, promoted by certain rightwing elements.
Through USAID, Hodges also guarantees funds to NGOs manipulated by elements of the extreme rightwing in order to develop their operations to penetrate public opinion.
Her official State Department biography says that she was born in Cleveland, Ohio, that she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota and a Masters Degree from New York University. She lived for a number of years in Madrid, in Franco’s Spain, during the 1970’s.
She arrived in Ecuador at the beginning of August 2008, selected by the George W. Bush administration.
Hodges joined the State Department “staff” in 1980 and was assigned to Caracas, Venezuela.
She later moved on to Guatemala where she was able to watch the coup d’etat that brought General Rios Montt to power and through U.S. complicity, accelerated the militarization of the country. Civilian massacres took place in this, the most violent period in Guatemalan history.
In January of 1989, she went on to serve as consul before returning to the State Department.
Her extreme rightwing convictions allowed her to become the Deputy Director of the State Department’s Office of Cuban Affairs in 1991, a responsibility directly linked with CIA machinations. She carried out her work in this office of ill repute within the State Department during the same period as the toppling of the socialist camp and the introduction of the anti-Cuban Torricelli law which promulgated the extraterritoriality of U.S. law in its blockade against Cuba.
In 1993 Hodges was assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Managua, Nicaragua as Deputy Chief of Mission during the government of Violeta Chamorro, under which the central bank, mines, transportation, healthcare, and education were privatized and indexes for drug trafficking, illiteracy and corruption skyrocketed.
Hodges was Deputy Chief of Mission for the U.S. Embassy in Madrid from June of 2000 until July of 2003, under the regime of José María Aznar which bestowed upon her the “Isabel la Católica” medal “for her contributions to U.S. – Spanish relations.”
Jean-Guy Allard is a journalist living in Havana, Cuba. Machetera is a member of Tlaxcala, the network of translators for linguistic diversity. This translation may be reprinted as long as the content remains unaltered, and the source, author, and translator are cited.