The Wikileaks Caribbean Connection

In “The Wikileaks Caribbean Connection,” BBC Caribbean listed various pieces of information divulged by the “whistleblowing website.” Here are excerpts with a link to the full article below:

Haiti: The June 2009 memo about Mr. Preval, sent under the name of then US Ambassador to Haiti Janet Sanderson, was released by Wikileaks along with an earlier cable about the president. It said the primary concern of the Haitian President ahead of the 28 November election for his successor, was to ensure the winner would not force him into exile. According to the Associated Press, the memo says that Mr. Preval’s overriding goal is to orchestrate the 2011 presidential transition in such a way as to ensure that whoever is elected will allow him to go home unimpeded. [. . .] Six Haitian presidents have fled or been driven into exile since 1986. In the case of Mr Preval’s immediate predecessor, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, that happened twice.

The memo, dated seven months before January’s earthquake, paints the president as isolated, independent, “wary of change and suspicious of outsiders.” But it also characterised Mr Preval as “Haiti’s indispensible man” and sole influential politician. “Managing Preval will remain challenging during the remainder of his term yet doing so is key to our success and that of Haiti,” the memo said.

Cuba: In 2006, the then US Ambassador to Caracas, William Brownfield, wrote that Cuban spies had “direct access” to President Hugo Chavez. Another cable sent in 2010 said Cuban agents controlled spying operations against the US embassy in Caracas. Similar allegations of Cuban intelligence influence in Venezuela have been made by Venezuelan opposition groups, but US officials have not publicly expressed such concerns. The leaked cable from Ambassador Brownfield says the ties between Cuban and Venezuelan intelligence are so close that the two countries agencies “appear to be competing with each other for the Venezuelan government’s attention.” The ambassador also wrote that Cuban spies also provided President Chavez with intelligence unvetted by Venezuelan officers. The ambassador added that it was impossible to tell how many Cubans were working in Venezuela.

Cuba’s biggest and most public involvement in Venezuela is in the provision of tens of thousands of doctors and nurses who provide basic health services in poor areas. In return, Venezuela provides Cuba with subsidized oil.

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