Quito, ECUADOR: US activist and writer John Perkins, author of the book 'Confessions of an Economic Hit Man', offers a press conference in Quito, on May 22nd, 2007. Perkins asked Ecuador to forgive him for helping Unites States' intelligence agencies and multinational corporations convince and blackmail leaders of Third World countries to award lucrative contracts to big American corporations.   AFP PHOTO/Rodrigo BUENDIA (Photo credit should read RODRIGO BUENDIA/AFP/Getty Images)