Wikileaks Reveals Secret U.S. Embassy Cables About Honduran Coup
November 29, 2010 By Staff
Today in Latin America
Top Story — An organization released a quarter-million confidential American diplomatic cables Sunday that contained classified information from United States embassies around the globe, including Honduras.
Wikileaks, an organization devoted to revealing secret government documents, released 251,287 leaked United States embassy cables, the largest set of confidential documents ever to be released into the public domain. News of the leaked cables stirred both anger and panic throughout the U.S. diplomatic establishment and could strain relations with some countries.
“These cables could compromise private discussions with foreign governments and opposition leaders, and when the substance of private conversations is printed on the front pages of newspapers across the world, it can deeply impact not only US foreign policy interests, but those of our allies and friends around the world,” a statement from the White House said on Sunday.
Of particular interest in Latin America is a cable concerning the June 2009 coup in Honduras, where then-President Manuel Zelaya was forced from office and flown to Costa Rica. U.S. Ambassador Hugo Llorens wrote in a cable that the coup was a mess of illegal actions by every branch of government.
Llorens, a veteran Cuban-American diplomat, criticized the Honduran ruling class and wrote that the charges against Zelaya were never aired in a proper legal fashion.
“Although a case could well have been made against Zelaya for a number of the above alleged constitutional violations, there was never any formal, public weighing of the evidence nor any semblance of due process,” said the cable, dated July 23, 2009, according to McClatchy.
Of the total number of documents released, 11,000 of them are considered “secret” and 9,000 are considered “noforn”, shorthand for material considered too delicate to be shared with any foreign government. 4,000 are designated both “secret” and “noforn”.
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