Statement on the Use of Fraudulent Diplomatic Identifications
The Embassy is aware of the use of fraudulent diplomatic IDs in Ecuador, falsely representing individuals as being employed by the U.S. Government. The Embassy is also aware of a number of Embassy personnel having been stopped while driving in Quito in recent months; in several of these cases, photographs were taken of their identification, license plates, and automobile. Concerned by these developments and for the safety and security of U.S. Mission personnel, the Embassy has cooperated from the beginning with the Foreign Ministry and other state entities to ensure that diplomatic credentials and protections are not compromised. The Embassy refers further questions to the appropriate Ecuadorian authorities.