US Involvement Suspected

The question, of course, is whether Langley was aware of the covert operation. US media outlets have remained strangely silent on the entire affair. But European media, where the news from Bolivia has been making headlines, report [12] that an enraged Evo Morales asked US President Barack Obama “to repudiate the plot” during a closed-door session, noting that “[i]f the US president did not repudiate the alleged conspiracy I might think it was organized through the [US] embassy”. President Obama reportedly [13] told his Bolivian counterpart that “he was unfamiliar with the incident” and denied that “his administration was […] involved”.

Meanwhile, the investigation in La Paz continues. Sources tell me that Interpol has confirmed the mercenaries’ travel routes and Croatian connection, and it is actively assisting Bolivian investigators. It is admittedly rare  that two members of an alleged international assassination squad are captured alive, or that laptops and documents containing information on planned operations are seized by government authorities. It could well be the case that Bolivian officials are already in possession of information that may soon embarrass several intelligence services in the Americas and beyond.

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[1] I. Allen (2009) “Bolivia expels second US diplomat for having CIA links”, intelNews, 11 March.

http://intelligencenews.wordpress.com/2009/03/11/01-97/

[2] I. Allen (2008) “US covert operations in Bolivia detailed”, intelNews, 18 November.

http://intelligencenews.wordpress.com/2008/11/18/01-2/

[3] Anon. (2009) “Bomb damages Bolivian cardinal’s home”, United Press International, 15 April.

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/2009/04/15/Bomb-damages-Bolivian-cardinals-home/UPI-68291239808176/

[4] S. Alvarez (2009) “Bolivia Deepens Probe Into Assassination Plot”, Latin American Herald Tribune, 20 April.

http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=332195&CategoryId=14919

[5] N. Mapstone (2009) “Bolivian leader says death plot thwarted”, The Financial Times, 16 April.

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/58d31a62-2acf-11de-8415-00144feabdc0.html

[6] S. Alvarez (2009) “Bolivia Deepens Probe Into Assassination Plot”, Latin American Herald Tribune, 20 April.

http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=332195&CategoryId=14919

[7] N. Mapstone (2009) “Bolivian leader says death plot thwarted”, The Financial Times, 16 April.

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/58d31a62-2acf-11de-8415-00144feabdc0.html

[8] R. Carroll (2009) “Bolivian president Morales links US embassy to alleged assassination attempt”, 20 April.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/apr/20/evo-morales-bolivia-us-embassy

[9] P. Sherwell (2009) “My meeting with the man accused of plotting the assassination of Evo Morales”, The Daily Telegraph, 20 April.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/southamerica/bolivia/5185198/My-meeting-with-the-man-accused-of-plotting-the-assassination-of-Evo-Morales.html

[10] P. Sherwell (2009) “My meeting with the man accused of plotting the assassination of Evo Morales”, The Daily Telegraph, 20 April.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/southamerica/bolivia/5185198/My-meeting-with-the-man-accused-of-plotting-the-assassination-of-Evo-Morales.html

[11] S. Romero (2008) “In Bolivia, a Croat and a Critic Is Cast in a Harsh Light”, The New York Times, 26 September.

[12] R. Carroll (2009) “Bolivian president Morales links US embassy to alleged assassination attempt”, The Guardian, 20 April.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/apr/20/evo-morales-bolivia-us-embassy

[13] R. Carroll (2009) “Bolivian president Morales links US embassy to alleged assassination attempt”, The Guardian, 20 April.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/apr/20/evo-morales-bolivia-us-embassy