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WikiLeaks cables bare secrets of U.S.-Laotian relations
« on: April 23, 2011, 04:16:06 AM »
WikiLeaks cables bare secrets of U.S.-Laotian relations

Posted on Friday, April 22, 2011 by Michael Doyle | McClatchy Newspapers

"WASHINGTON — The 2007 U.S. arrest of the late Hmong leader Vang Pao hurt him, but it did wonders for U.S.-Lao relations, classified State Department cables show.

Vang Pao's arrest prompted widespread dismay among Hmong-Americans; at one point, an estimated 3,000 demonstrated outside a federal courthouse in Sacramento, Calif.

Lao officials were "pleased and surprised" by the arrest of the man who'd long denounced their regime, a U.S. diplomat reported. Suddenly, Lao military officers began talking. Bureaucratic barriers shrank. Cross-cultural exchanges became feasible ..."


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