Ecuador’s Crusading Attorney General Is Facing Her Toughest Challenge Yet

By María Teresa Escobar

Diana Salazar’s investigations have taken down major figures. But a wave of drug-related violence is changing what defending the rule of law looks like.

This article is adapted from AQ's special report on Latin America's ports QUITO — In the hours after midnight in March, a police task force swept through the streets of Guayaquil, Ecuador’s main port and business capital. The force made 12 arrests, including seven judges and a former congressman, as part of major investigations known as “Metástasis” and “Purga” (“purge” in Spanish) which in recent months have exposed links between organized crime and the highest realms of political power in Ecuador. Overseeing the operation from her office in Quito was Diana...

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