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Friday, September 16, 2011

Wikileaks: CIA role in alleged Evo Morales assassination plot

Wikileaks: CIA role in alleged Evo Morales assassination plot

President Evo Morales at the Protecting Mother Earth
Gathering in Cochabamba, Bolivia, 2010.
Photo by Brenda Norrell.
By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

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.”


Read the original, authentic articles in the Wikileaks series 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
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)

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