Bolivia expels second US diplomat for having CIA links

Evo Morales

Evo Morales

By IAN ALLEN | intelNews.org |
Two weeks ago, Bolivian President Evo Morales said the CIA was actively conspiring to subvert his government’s energy policy. On Monday, the President announced the expulsion of a US diplomat, whom he accused of working for the CIA. The diplomat, Francisco Martinez, Second Secretary at the US Embassy in Bolivian capital La Paz, has been given 72 hours to leave the country. The Bolivian government says Martinez “was in permanent contact with opposition groups” in the country, and helped facilitate the separatist protests of September 2008. Martinez’s alleged actions were reportedly exposed by a Bolivian police officer who was recently arrested for participating in an alleged CIA-led effort to infiltrate Yacimientos Petroliferos Fiscales Bolivianos (YPFB), Bolivia’s nationalized oil company. The scandal led to several layoffs at YPFB and to the subsequent arrest of the company’s former Director, Santos Ramirez, on corruption charges. Reacting to the expulsion order, the US Embassy in La Paz accused the Bolivian President of “using the US as a scapegoat in domestic politics”. Similarly, the US State Department dismissed the Bolivian government’s allegations of Martinez’s CIA activities as “unwarranted and unjustified”. But Evo Morales insists that the US diplomat’s expulsion will serve to “put an end to a foreign conspiracy”. Recent CIA efforts to destabilize the Bolivian government have been extensively documented. They reportedly include “direct and covert assistance to the opposition movement” in Bolivia’s energy-rich eastern provinces, as well as CIA-directed USAID and Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) operations. Last November, the Bolivian government decided to halt DEA activities in the country, after it discovered that the agency tried to tap the Bolivian President’s telephone conversations. Two months earlier, Bolivia had expelled US Ambassador Philip Goldberg, accusing him of “conspiring against democracy and encouraging Bolivia’s break-up”. The US government responded by expelling the Bolivian Ambassador and ending all special trade benefits with the South American nation.

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2 Responses to Bolivia expels second US diplomat for having CIA links

  1. che says:

    good to see the Bolivian president cleaning up the house from corrupt foreigners. Make them pay for ending the life of the last latin american libertarian. US diplomats in Latin America and caribbean should all pack their bags and go home; thank you very much. we can handle it on our own.

    che.

  2. Ken says:

    The US is definitely guilty, take a look at Bechtel which got kicked out of Bolivia when it tried to up the price of water and make rain water collections illegal! Behctel is real scum, so bad that after WWII the US President noted that they did more for the enemy effort than the enemy itself…3,000 violations at Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant…And a very strange relastionship with the CIA – their CEOs will be CIA heads…Like so many US companies, it is time to go…

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