[News] Haiti Liberté to Begin Releasing Secret US Embassy Cables Provided by WikiLeaks
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Wed Jun 1 10:27:19 EDT 2011
For Immediate Release:
May 31, 2011 Contact:
USA: Kim Ives, 718-421-0162
Haiti: Yves Pierre-Louis, 3407-0761
Haiti Liberté to Begin Releasing This Week
Secret U.S. Embassy Cables Provided by WikiLeaks
The weekly Haïti Liberté begins publishing a
series of exclusive articles which will draw from
1,918 secret diplomatic cables about Haiti from
U.S. Embassies around the world in its June 1
edition. The cables were obtained by the
transparency-advocacy group WikiLeaks and made available to Haïti Liberté.
The articles will be published in print and on
the web at: <http://www.haitiliberte.com/>http://www.haitiliberte.com .
The cables cover an almost seven-year period from
Apr. 17, 2003, ten months before the Feb. 29,
2004 coup détat which ousted President
Jean-Bertrand Aristide, to Feb. 28, 2010, just
after the Jan. 12 earthquake that devastated the
capital, Port-au-Prince, and surrounding cities.
Haïti Liberté is publishing these cables because
they offer unparalleled insight into how the
United States government has tried to manipulate
Haitian affairs in its own interests, not in the
interests of the Haitian people, said Berthony
Dupont, Haïti Libertés director. We hope that
the release of the cables will help bring about
some transparency and accountability for the Haitian people.
The cables range from Secret and Confidential
classification to Unclassified. Cables of the
latter classification are not public, and many
remain marked For Official Use Only or Sensitive.
The cables cover official U.S. strategies and
maneuvering in Haiti during the coup years
(2004-2006) and the period after President René
Prévals election (2006-2010). We see
Washingtons obsession with keeping Aristide out
of Haiti and the hemisphere, the microscope it
trained on the democratic Lavalas movement, the
relentless focus on rebellious shanty towns like
Cité Soleil and Bel Air, and Washingtons tight
supervision of Haitis police leadership and of
the United Nations 9,000-man military occupation
known as the UN Mission to Stabilize Haiti (MINUSTAH).
In November 2010, WikiLeaks began publishing the
251,287 leaked U.S. embassy cables it obtained
last year by providing them to large newspapers
like the New York Times, The Guardian and Der Spiegel.
Now, WikiLeaks is selecting media in many other
countries to provide them with the U.S. Embassy
cables relative to their specific country. Haiti
Liberté is honored that WikiLeaks has entrusted
it with releasing the cables relative to Haiti,
Dupont said. Haiti Liberté is also pleased to
partner with The Nation, the oldest continuously
published magazine in the U.S., in publishing and
distributing English-language articles based on those WikiLeaks cables.
This coming weeks article will examine how
Washington tried to torpedo implementation of the
PetroCaribe oil agreement between Venezuela and
Haiti, a struggle which frayed the U.S.
relationship with President Préval. Future
articles will deal with Washingtons backing of
assembly industry owners in their fight against
raising the minimum wage and how it militarized
aid to Haiti after the 2010 earthquake.
The cables offer many clues as to how Washington
brought Haiti from the paramilitary and Special
Forces coup of 2004 to the electoral coup that
installed the neo-Duvalierist Michel Martelly in 2011.
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