Wikileaks: More on Amerikkka’s Interventions in Bolivia
CIA Role in Alleged Evo Morales Assassination Plot
The Wikileaks releases of US diplomatic cables reveal a pattern of US spying on President Evo Morales. One cable describes Bolivia’s allegations of a CIA connection in an alleged plot to assassinate President Morales.
Wikileaks released an unredacted version of this cable on Sept. 8.
The confidential US cable describes a Bolivian prosecutor’s statement about the alleged plot to assassinate President Morales in 2009. As usual, the US Embassy evaluates how the allegations of CIA involvement are playing out in the media.
The cable titled “Bolivian prosecutor ties terror case to CIA,” describes the alleged perpetrator Eduardo Rozsa Flores, a Bolivian-Hungarian mercenary, journalist, actor, and secret agent. Rozsa was born in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. His wartime nickname in the Croatian War of Independence was Chico, which is also the title of a feature film about him. Rózsa was killed April 16, 2009, by Bolivian police during a raid in the Las Americas hotel in Santa Cruz, along with two other people, from Hungary and Ireland.
The cable was written by John S. Creamer, Charge D’ Affaires at the US Embassy in La Paz, Bolivia, on Feb. 9, 2010. Creamer states in the cable that the prosecutor’s Internet search for the alleged CIA agent Belovays, from the US, reveals that Belovays is also now dead.
“The Bolivian prosecutor investigating a 2009 alleged domestic terrorism plot claims that the perpetrators’ leader, Eduardo Rozsa, had been in regular contact with a former CIA employee and kept him informed of the group’s activities in Bolivia. The prosecutor’s assertion is the first specific GOB (Government of Bolivia) allegation of U.S. involvement in the Rozsa affair, in which the Bolivian government maintains it thwarted an attempt to set up a separatist military force, as well as a conspiracy to assassinate Bolivian President Evo Morales. Although the prosecutor stopped short of accusing the CIA of backing Rozsa’s mercenary group, we can expect that GOB officials will make that claim, regardless of the evidence,” states the summary of the cable.
The body of the cable follows:
“Marcelo Soza, the prosecutor in charge of investigating the April 2009 Rozsa case, announced February 5 that a review of Rozsa’s computer hard drive had uncovered evidence of email communication between Rozsa and an alleged ex-CIA employee (a U.S. citizen named Belovays). According to Soza, Belovays had been active in the Balkans wars, where he supposedly met Rozsa and became his mentor. An internet search on Belovays suggested that he has since died, Soza reported (Rozsa and two others were killed in a police raid; another two suspects are in custody). Soza claimed that Rozsa’s computer files show that Rozsa was in constant contact with Belovays — who, Soza said, is assumed to have been in Bolivia at some point — and kept him informed of his group’s activities and plans.
¶3. (SBU) Soza did not provide any details of the alleged exchanges between Rozsa and Belovays, nor characterized Belovays’s role beyond asserting that the alleged former agent had been aware of Rozsa’s conspiracy. The Bolivian press has so far reported the story straight, sticking strictly to Soza’s account but featuring headlines such as, ‘Soza Says CIA Knew Rozsa’s Plans” and ‘Rozsa Informed CIA Agent of Work.’
¶4. (C) Comment: Soza’s initial claims may be limited in scope, but we expect that Bolivian government officials will not feel themselves similarly bound by actual evidence. For nearly a year, the GOB has maintained that Rozsa and his group represented a grave threat and that they were backed by enemies of President Morales (including prominent opposition and Santa Cruz civic leaders, who are increasingly the target of Soza’s investigation). The Bolivian government is almost certain to seize upon this opportunity to link the U.S. ‘empire’ to the alleged conspiracy and substantiate Morales’s wildest claims about American skullduggery.”
‘Secret’ Cable Confirms US spying on President Evo Morales
A secret US diplomatic cable just released by Wikileaks exposes US spying on Bolivian President Evo Morales, confirming Morales’ accusations which the United States previously denied.
It comes as no surprise that the US was spying on President Morales, and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. The only surprise is that because of Wikileaks, the US Ambassadors got caught.
The new cable, classified “secret,” was released by Wikileaks in September, with the subject, “Evo Calls for Rebellion.” It is written by US Ambassador Michael McKinley, who was US Ambassador to Peru, 2007 to 2010, and is now US Ambassador in Colombia.
Ambassador McKinley is exposed spying on President Morales’ as Morales rallies Indigenous Peoples in Puno, Peru, to assert their rights.
Ambassador McKinley states, “We find it plausible that President Chavez — long seen as the region’s ‘interferer in chief’ in Peru — has outsourced to President Morales responsibility for stirring up trouble for the GOP in the Peru’s highlands and elsewhere. This may be due to Morales’ own Andean roots, which generate more inspiration and sympathy among Peru’s indigenous than Chavez, with whom most locals have little in common,” the cable states.
The new Wikileaks cable follows previous cables which exposed US covert actions around the world, from Iceland to Ecuador, designed to halt passage of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Further, those cables exposed spying by the United States on Indigenous activists in Peru, Bolivia and Chile. In Peru, this spying targeted specific Indigenous activists and exposed the US organizing five countries to promote mining in Peru, in regions where Indigenous Peoples were being killed in protests to protect their homelands from copper mining.
Ambassador to Bolivia Phillip S. Goldberg was expelled from Bolivia in 2008, after President Morales accusing him of spying. Goldberg denied the accusations.
“I respect the sovereignty and dignity of Bolivia, and I am ready to talk with Bolivian government representatives to clarify everything and present all the facts,” Ambassador Goldberg told the Bolivian Information Agency. Goldberg was nominated on October 23, 2009 to theAssistant Secretary of State for Intelligence and Research and confirmed by the Senate on February 9, 2010
The new cable written by Ambassador McKinley tracks President Morales in Peru and accuses President Morales of “stirring up trouble” with Indigenous Peoples.
“Bolivian President Evo Morales has launched a new round of rhetorical attacks on the Government of Peru with a call for indigenous peoples to rebel against their governments. GOP officials and other observers are concerned Morales’ rhetoric is part of a broader effort to meddle in Peru’s domestic affairs. One congressional contact told us Morales appeared to be taking the place of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez in stirring up problems in Peru. Another contact reported evidence that Bolivians are seeking to recruit sympathetic candidates for municipal office in the Peruvian highlands. Our Bolivian Embassy contacts (protect) tell us the highest levels of the GOB are in direct contact with Peruvian social and opposition movements. We believe the evidence indicates a pattern of Bolivian efforts to generate and support opposition to President Garcia,” states the June 5, 2009, cable.
“Evo Morales in late May launched a new round of rhetorical attacks on the GOP with a call for indigenous peoples to rebel against their governments. In a letter from Morales read to a gathering of 5,000 indigenous leaders in Puno, the southern Peruvian region bordering on Bolivia, Morales called “for a second and definitive independence…This is the moment in which all should know that our fight does not end, that resistance becomes rebellion and rebellion becomes revolution.”
The cable continues, “The Foreign Ministry’s Bolivia desk officer told us of his government’s concern about growing signs of active Bolivian intervention in Peru’s domestic affairs. He highlighted the scheduled inauguration of a large Bolivian consulate in Cusco, ostensibly meant to encourage tourists to continue their travels south. The official would not speculate on the consulate’s real goals, but clearly suspected a covert agenda. He added that Bolivia’s consulate in Puno is run by a member of the radical Bolivian ‘Ponchos Rojos’ (Red Ponchos) group.”