February 12, 2008
Evo Morales Puts Military on Alert of US Meddling
COCHABAMBA, Bolivia, February 11.— President Evo Morales called Monday on
the Bolivian Armed Forces to remain alert to confront internal and external
enemies, after the disclosure of new cases of US meddling in the Andean
nation, reported Prensa Latina.
The president highlighted the commitment of the military with the process of
democratic changes taking place in the country, which requires that the
soldiers receive further education.
During the opening of the school year at the Sergeants School of Cochabamba,
Morales rejected any effort to undermine unity and the nation’s prestige.
Morales ratified his confidence in the military to defend the constitution
and the integrity of Bolivian territory.
As a result of the recently revealed espionage plot organized by the US
Embassy in Bolivia, Morales declared US embassy security officer Vincent
Cooper as a “persona non grata.”
Evo Morales explained that Cooper violated Bolivia’s legal norms by asking
US students and Peace Corps workers to spy on Cuban and Venezuelan
collaborators in Bolivia.
Both the US Embassy and the State Department officially admitted to the
espionage campaign for which Ambassador Philip Goldberg should be held
The US Embassy will also need to explain its financial support for the
Police Policy Studies Council, a parallel intelligence service dedicated to
inciting destabilization campaigns.