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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Wikileaks 'secret' cable confirms US spying on President Evo Morales

New 'secret' US cable exposes US spying on President Evo Morales and tracking him in Peru
President Evo Morales at feast in mountains
of Bolivia, during Cochabamba climate summit.
Photo Brenda Norrell
Article and photo copyright by Brenda Norrell
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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 the Assistant 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.”
Read the entire secret cable:
NOTE: The previous two articles in this Wikileaks series by Brenda Norrell were plagiarized this week by Indian Country Today. The reporter used the research and information in the following two articles, in the plagiarized article. ICT and the reporter Gale Courey Toensing deny the plagiarism.
Read the original, authentic articles by Brenda Norrell:
Wikileaks: US feared self-rule and land claims from UN Indigenous Declaration by Brenda Norrell
Peru: New Indigenous Law as Wikileaks Exposes US Spying and Paranoia by Brenda Norrell

Previous in the series:

Wikileaks Peru: US Ambassador targeted Indigenous activists, promoted mining (Feb 2011)

Wikileaks: The Arctic belongs to the Inuit (Feb 2011)

Wikileaks cables on Mohawks (May 2011)

Wikileaks: Top six ways that the US violated Indigenous rights (June 2011)

Rosebud Sioux Emergency Meeting on Tar Sands

Dene Chief Bill Erasmus/White House tar sands protest/Photo Josh Lopez

Rosebud Sioux Emergency Meeting on the Keystone XL and Tar Sands

Posted by A Gay Kingman
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Thursday, September 15, 2011 
Rosebud Casino
Briefing Day
1:00 p.m. Welcome by President Rodney Bordeaux, Rosebud Sioux Tribe
Kandi Mossett/White House protest/photo Shadia Fayne Wood
Invocation: TBA
1:20 p.m. Purpose and Overview of the Meeting and Agenda Review
Pat Spears, Intertribal Council on Utility Policy, Pierre, South Dakota
Marty Cobenais, Keystone XL organizer, Indigenous Environmental Network, Bemidji, Minnesota
Agenda Review and Goals - Kandi Mosset, Tribal Energy and Climate organizer, Indigenous Environmental Network, Bismarck, North Dakota
1:40 p.m. Power Point Presentation: The Tar Sands and Impacts to First Nations, Water and Environment – Melina Laboucan-Massimo, GP-Canada, Edmonton, Canada
2:10 p.m. Impact of Downstream First Nation – Dene Communities – Chief Bill Erasmus, Regional Chief, Northwest Territories, Canada, and Regional Representative of the Assembly of First Nations
2:30 p.m. Break
Pat Spears/White House tarsands protest/by Shadia Fayne Wood
2:45 p.m. Keystone I and Enbridge Alberta Clipper – Marty Cobenais
3:00 p.m. Keystone XL – TBA, Natural Resource Defense Council, Washington, DC
3:20 p.m. NEPA Process of Keystone XL – Ryan Salmon, National Wildlife Federation, Washington, DC
3:40 p.m. U.S. Tribal/Lakota and Native Treaty Rights - TBA
4:20 p.m. Non-Native Resistance - BOLD, Nebraska and Dakota Rural Action, South Dakota
4:30 p.m. Current Native Positions opposing KXL and Tar Sands – Marty Cobenais
4:45 p.m. Presentation of the Draft Accord (Discussion reserved for next day)
IEN's Marty Cobenias/White House tarsands protest/by Shadia Fayne Wood
5:00 p.m. End the Briefing and Educational Day
Friday, September 16, 2011
Chiefs Day and Traditional Leaders
9:00 a.m. Discussion of the Draft Accord
10:00 a.m. Drafting Committee meets to refine the Statement
Showing of video (TBA) – for leaders not in Drafting Committee
11:00 a.m. Meeting Reconvenes – Presentation of Final Accord
Q & A and any refinements of the Accord on Screen with Projector
Signing of the Accord
12:00 Noon Meeting Ends – Lunch

VIDEOS: Lakota Debra White Plume: Halt the Tar Sands

Debra speaks on Pine Ridge on Trans Canadian pipeline:

Debra speaks at Washington DC direct action September 2, 2011

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