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WikiLeaks: The Vatican asked US to intervene in Latin American issues

The original aricle is written in Spanish, but as it concerns Vatican-US-Latin America related issues that may interest everybody, I'm going to post here also the google translate version in English, so everybody can read it.

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WikiLeaks: Vatican uses U.S. to intervene in Latin America

RT Posted: 4 Mar 2013 | 3:14 GMT Last updated: 4 Mar 2013 | 3:14 GMT



WikiLeaks has exposed U.S. diplomatic dispatches indicate that the papacy of Benedict XVI maintained contacts with the U.S. since 2005 to discuss matters "concern" in Latin America

The talks focused mainly in Cuba, Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez , and the situation after the coup in Honduras that ousted President Manuel Zelaya, WikiLeaks reveals the newspaper 'O Estado de S. Paulo '.

Thus, the document of April 3, 2006 indicates that Mexican Cardinal Juan Sandoval asked the government of George Bush during a meeting at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico to act in the Latin American region.

"Sandoval we repeated what some of our partners in the Vatican are pointing as concerns about leftist leaders in Latin America, Fidel Castro, Hugo Chavez, Evo Morales, Néstor Kirchner, Michele Bachelet, and perhaps López Obrador in Mexico. I considered a dangerous and asked if he could help President Bush, "said a U.S. diplomat in the cable.

On February 2007, maintains WikiLeaks , the then U.S. ambassador in Caracas, William Brownfield, and Cardinal Jorge Savino gathered at the Apostolic Nunciature in the Venezuelan capital to discuss whether the trip that year the Supreme Pontiff to Brazil could serve to pressure Chavez. "Chavez did not invite him," said the priest to a stop in Caracas rule of the pope.

A diplomatic cable highlights the case of Honduras was quoted at a meeting between President Barack Obama and Chancellor of the Vatican, Tarcisio Bertone, on July 10, 2009. Five days after U.S. diplomats met with Cardinal Francis Forge, which clarified that the Vatican for the fall of Zelaya is not a "coup" and asked Washington to explain to his audience that the crisis was "by unconstitutional actions the government. "

Another cable from August 19, 2009 reveals that the journey of cardinals and bishops Americans to Cuba that year was no mere episcopal visitation, but was intended to "pressure the government of Havana on political prisoners, an order Washington ".

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Spanish - Original version

WikiLeaks: El Vaticano recurre a EE.UU. para intervenir en América Latina

RT Actualidad - Publicado: 4 mar 2013 | 3:14 GMT Última actualización: 4 mar 2013 | 3:14 GMT

WikiLeaks ha puesto al desnudo unos despachos diplomáticos norteamericanos que indican que el papado de Benedicto XVI mantuvo desde 2005 contactos con EE.UU. para tratar asuntos "preocupantes" en América Latina.

Las conversaciones se centran, sobre todo, en Cuba, en el presidente venezolano, Hugo Chávez, y en la situación tras el golpe de Estado de Honduras que derrocó al presidente Manuel Zelaya, revela WikiLeaks al diario 'O Estado de S. Paulo'.

Así, el documento del tres de abril de 2006 indica que el cardenal mexicano Juan Sandoval pidió al Gobierno de George Bush durante una reunión en la embajada norteamericana en México que actuara en la región latinoamericana.

"Sandoval nos repitió lo que algunos de nuestros interlocutores en el Vaticano están apuntando como preocupaciones sobre líderes de la izquierda de América Latina, Fidel Castro, Hugo Chávez, Evo Morales, Néstor Kirchner, Michele Bachelet, y tal vez López Obrador en México. Lo considera una tendencia peligrosa y nos preguntó si el presidente Bush podía ayudar", expresó un diplomático estadounidense en el cable.

El primero de febrero de 2007, mantiene WikiLeaks, el entonces embajador estadounidense en Caracas, William Brownfield, y el cardenal Jorge Savino se reunieron en la Nunciatura Apostólica de la capital venezolana para discutir si el viaje de ese año del Sumo Pontífice a Brasil podía servir para presionar a Chávez. “Chávez no lo invitaría”, dijo el religioso al descartar una escala en Caracas del papa.

Un cable diplomático destaca que el caso de Honduras fue citado en una reunión entre el presidente Barack Obama y el canciller del Vaticano, Tarcisio Bertone, el 10 de julio de 2009. Cinco días después diplomáticos estadounidenses se reunieron con el cardenal Francisco Forjan, que aclaró que para el Vaticano la caída de Zelaya no es un “golpe de Estado” y le pedía a Washington que explicase a su público que la crisis se produjo “por acciones anticonstitucionales del Gobierno”.

Otro cable del 19 de agosto de 2009 revela que el viaje de cardenales y obispos estadounidenses a Cuba de aquel año no fue una simple visita episcopal, sino que tenía como objetivo “presionar al Gobierno de La Habana en relación a los prisioneros políticos, un pedido de Washington”.

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Re: WikiLeaks: The Vatican asked US to intervene in Latin American issues
« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2013, 15:20:37 PM »
More on this topic via WikiLeaks Press:

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Cables: The Vatican tried to increase its influence in Latin America with US help.

Posted by Irien   / In Latest news, Leaks, The Embassy Cables   / March 4, 2013

This article, published in RT on March 4, 2013, comes originally from an article by Brazilian media “O estado de S. Paulo”. It reports that diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks show regular contacts between Vatican and US authorities to discuss about “concerning issues” in Latin America.

In a cable dated April 3, 2006, Mexican cardinal Juan Sandoval appears worried about left winged leaders in Latin America, and asks for Bush’s “help”.

Another cable (February 1st, 2007) is about a meeting between William Brownfield, who was at the times US ambassador in Caracas, and cardinal Jorge Sacino, where they discussed the way to use a pope’s travel in Latin America to “pressure” Chavez.

Another travel by bishops and cardinals in Cuba had also the objective to pressure Cuban autorities about political prisonners issues, at the request of Washington. (cable Agust 19, 2009).

And on a cable dated July 10, 2009, one learns that Vatican considers that the overthrow of Zelaya in Honduras is legal and is not a coup d’etat.

Read more here:

http://actualidad.rt.com/actualidad/view/88073-wikileaks-vaticano-eeuu-honduras-america-latina

http://www.estadao.com.br/noticias/cidades,papeis-do-wikileaks-expoem-acao-politica-do-vaticano-na-america-latina,1000897,0.htm

Source: http://wikileaks-press.org/cables-the-vatican-tried-to-increase-its-influence-in-latin-america-with-us-help/