Cables of interest on Latin America, March 14-20, 2011

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dawn paley

Mar 21, 2011, 1:36:36 AM3/21/11
Wikileaks cables of interest on Latin America, March 14-20, 2011


Argentine Minister of Economy "likes to ski every season at Aspen and surf at San Diego-area beaches" #cablegate

Cristina Kirchener to USG: Chavez is "Caribbean" and "full of surprises" #cablegate

G7+: Argentina "could be expelled from the G-20" #cablegate

Argentina's performance at G-20 has the US wishing they were more like Mexico or Brazil #cablegate

Principle Spanish commercial interests in Argentina: airlines, pension funds, energy, toll roads, telephones #cablegate

Canada carrying out $800 million upgrade to Embalse nuclear energy plant in Cordoba, Argentina #cablegate

Cdn Embassy & mining companies in Argentina teach local governments that cyanide is fine & dandy #cablegate

Canadian mining companies able to "work around" new taxes in Argentina w/help from Secretary of Mining #cablegate

USG gathered financial intel on Argentina in attempt to diffuse tensions at G20 re: world financial crisis #cablegate


USG: Key fiscalia officials manipulated investigations & prosecutions in para & narco cases #cablegate #Colombia

USG tweaks bases deal so Colombia can "say they got something more than Ecuador" (did from Manta) #cablegate

Whoever said the cold war ended? Russia arms Venezuela, US arms Colombia #cablegate

2009: Uribe pushed Colombian negotiators to move "as quickly as possible" on bases agreement with USG #cablegate

Uribe: the problem with US soldiers carrying arms in Colombia is that congress would have to approve it #cablegate

Do Colombian politicos ever get tired of brown nosing the USG? Insane '08 cable on bases, incl draft deal. #cablegate

Santos initially willing to have US make use of Colombian army bases without any formal agreement #cablegate

2006: Santos showed interest in a US Cooperative Security Location (CSL) in Colombia, but only done quietly #cablegate

Uribe claims that Chavez asked 2x for GoC help to fight criminal activity along Venezuela-Colombia border #cablegate

USG & Uribe discuss counternarcotics metrics. It's clear that "drug war" is secondary part of Plan Colombia #cablegate

In 2006, Santos and Uribe insisted that the USG must participate in rescue of US hostages held by FARC #cablegate

Spain, France and Switzerland urged Uribe not to break off talks with FARC in 2006 #cablegate

USG, 2006: Human rights abuses at Mapiripan & San Jose del Apartado, Colombia, continue to raise concerns #cablegate

Full reparations for victims of Colombia's armed conflict since '64 wld cost up to $44 billion (33% of GDP) #cablegate

Cable alleges paracos Diego Sierra and Sor Teresa Gomez (linked to Mancuso & Castaño) killed Izquierdo #cablegate

Cable on 2007 murder of activist Yolanda Izquierdo in Colombia #cablegate

Swiss mining giant Glencore used scabs protected by army during strike #cablegate #Colombia

Feb, 2010: After strike deemed "illegal," Drummond fired "most of the 35-member union board" #cablegate

Chronicle of para murders of labour leaders in #Colombia, testimony linking Drummond to killings discredited #cablegate

Railway 41% owned by Drummond fired 16 union leaders after strike declared illegal #cablegate #Colombia

Drummond coal considered firing 20 union leaders if strike ruled "illegal" by courts #cablegate #Colombia

Colombia's "Jungla" counternarcotics force is a "model for other countries" #cablegate

2008: Colombia's mining & hydrocarbons sectors seeing "unprecedented increase" in investment & exploration #cablegate

Influx of Canadian mining companies in Colombian dept's of Antioquia, Caldas, Choco, Santander, & Vaupes #cablegate

USG: Many of Drummond's private security guards are former paramilitary who had operated in the area #cablegate

USG: Many Colombian coal reserves are in traditional zones of conflict in Cesar & Santander #cablegate

Drummond: If Colombia finds offshore deposits, pipeline to Panama & Central America might become feasible #cablegate

SINTRAMINENERGETICA's Francisco Ramirez told USG he was "very happy" with Drummond settlement in '06 #cablegate

Colombia, 2006: Drummond strike costs company $3.5m per day, worker demands would cost $5m per year #cablegate


Costa Rica prez Chinchilla told USG that she wld seek help w/recruitment and training of police officers #cablegate

Oscar Arias's bro Rodrigo faced allegations of corruption in '05 linked to Canadian landfill company EBI #cablegate

USG: Despite his phlegmatic and lugubrious bearing, [Oscar] Arias enjoys a reputation as a lady's man. #cablegate


USG renewal of Andean Trade Preference Act before 2006 Ecuador vote wld help pro-free trade candidate Noboa #cablegate


USG assessment of drug violence in Tijuana circa November 2009 #cablegate #Mexico

USG casts doubt on former Tijuana security chief Lt. Col. Julian Leyzaola, who is now in Juarez #cablegate #Mexico

USG casts doubt on former Tijuana security head Lt. Col. Julian Leyzaola, who is now in Juarez #cablegate #Mexico

USG 2009: Violent crime is a fact of everyday life in Ciudad Juarez #cablegate #Mexico

2009: USG lends credibility to existence of additional Zeta-linked paramilitary groups in Juarez #cablegate

Juarez Mayor looked to set up paramilitary force of 2000 to guard banks, maquilas #cablegate #Mexico

Juarez Mayor Reyes Ferriz to USG, 2008: 100 percent of the municipal police force is corrupt #cablegate #Mexico

USG raises [theoretical] possibility that Mexican troops in Ciudad Juarez support the Sinaloa cartel #cablegate

Key cable shows level to which USG is active behind the scenes w/regards to security in Mexico #cablegate

US think tank NSIC "pitched" clandestine intelligence gathering strategy to GoM #cablegate #Mexico

USG: Mexico is "heavily reliant on the United States for [intelligence] leads and operations" #cablegate

USG: Mexico deploying a security strategy w/o strategical or tactical intelligence #cablegate

Must read cable on Mexico: policy wonks toss around security ideas with USG as if they're talking chess: #cablegate

Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, "relatively safe" late 2009 Today it's run by the Zetas #cablegate

GOM rep: Not enough strategic thought went into Merida Initiative in the early phase #cablegate

Bonus Mexico update: US ambassador to Mexico resigns over leaked cable #cablegate


Lugo claims Paraguayan Peoples Army (EPP) consists of 20-30 people #cablegate

Lugo draws fire for allowing "Latin American Youth for Change" Congress to take place at military facility #cablegate

Long '09 cable on Paraguayan People's Army & U.S.-trained Joint Rapid Response Detachment in Paraguay #cablegate

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