[News] New WikiLeaks cable reveals US embassy strategy to destabilize Chavez government
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New WikiLeaks cable reveals US embassy strategy to destabilize Chavez
Published time: April 04, 2013 23:56
In a secret US cable published online by WikiLeaks, former ambassador to
Venezuela, William Brownfield, outlines a comprehensive plan to
infiltrate and destabilize former President Hugo Chavez' government.
Dispatched in November of 2006 by Brownfield -- now an Assistant
Secretary of State -- the document outlined his embassy's five core
objectives in Venezuela since 2004, which included: "/penetrating
Chavez' political base,/" "/dividing Chavismo," "protecting vital US
business"/ and "/isolating Chavez internationally./"
which appears to be totally un-redacted, is plain in its language of
involvement in these core objectives by the US embassy, as well as the
US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Office of
Transition Initiatives (OTI), two of the most prestigious agencies
working abroad on behalf of the US.
According to Brownfield, who prepared the cable specifically for US
Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), the "majority" of both USAID and OTI
activities in Venezuela were concerned with assisting the embassy in
accomplishing its core objectives of infiltrating and subduing Chavez'
"/This strategic objective represents the majority of USAID/OTI work in
Venezuela. Organized civil society is an increasingly important pillar
of democracy, one where President Chavez has not yet been able to assert
In total, USAID spent some one million dollars in organizing 3,000
forums that sought to essentially reconcile Chavez supporters and the
political opposition, in the hopes of slowly weaning them away from the
Brownfield at one point boasted of an OTI civic education program named
"Democracy Among Us," which sought to work through NGOs in low income
regions, and had allegedly reached over 600,000 Venezuelans.
In total, between 2004 and 2006, USAID donated some 15 million dollars
to over 300 organizations, and offered technical support via OTI in
achieving US objectives which it categorized as seeking to reinforce
Much of the memo details efforts to highlight instances of human rights
violations, and sponsoring activists and members of the political
opposition to attend meetings abroad and voice their concerns against
the Chavez administration:
"So far, OTI has sent Venezuelan NGO leaders to Turkey, Scotland,
Mexico, Dominican Republic, Chile, Uruguay, Washington and Argentina
(twice) to talk about the law. Upcoming visits are planned to Brazil,
Mexico, and Colombia."
In his closing comments, Brownfield remarked that, should President
Chavez win re-election during the December 2006 elections, OTI expected
the /"atmosphere for our work in Venezuela/" to become more complicated.
Ultimately, it seems that the former ambassador's memo wisely predicted
a change in conditions. Following his re-election, President Chavez
threatened to eject the US ambassador from Venezuela in 2007, amid
accusations of interfering in internal state affairs.
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