• Costa Rica Coffee Guide

WikiLeaks: Costa Rica suspected Venezuelan spying

January 13, 2011

A WikiLeak published Monday reveals that former Costa Rican President Abel Pacheco suspected that Venezuela was involved in espionage within the Central American country.

In a conversation with former United States Ambassador John J. Danilovich in Brazil in 2004, Pacheco said he believed a Venezuelan intelligence officer was “meeting secretly with labor union officials and has brought $200,000 into Costa Rica to pay labor activists to stage ‘provocations.’”

At the time, Pacheco requested intelligence assistance from the U.S. government.

Jokes about Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s “buffoonery” were “rampant” throughout the course of a meeting held in Brazil.  

Pacheco confirmed the comments when contacted by Costa Rican media on Thursday.

“It is true that Hugo Chávez said funny things,” Pacheco told the daily La Nación. “I remember when he referred to [former president George W. Bush] in a meeting full of heads of state that ‘here, yesterday, the devil was here and it still smells like sulfur’ …how can you not laugh about something like that.”

You may be interested

Costa Rica ending week with increase in coronavirus hospitalizations
Costa Rica
6258 views
Costa Rica
6258 views

Costa Rica ending week with increase in coronavirus hospitalizations

Alejandro Zúñiga - November 28, 2020

Costa Rica suffered 28 new coronavirus-related deaths between Wednesday and Friday for a total of 1,690, according to official data…

¡Viva siempre la paz! Costa Rica celebrates army abolition with holiday weekend
Costa Rica
12 views
Costa Rica
12 views

¡Viva siempre la paz! Costa Rica celebrates army abolition with holiday weekend

Alejandro Zúñiga - November 27, 2020

Costa Ricans will enjoy a long weekend to end November as the country celebrates a national holiday in commemoration of…

PAHO urges countries not to require coronavirus tests from travelers
Latin America
1541 views
Latin America
1541 views

PAHO urges countries not to require coronavirus tests from travelers

AFP - November 27, 2020

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) urged countries not to require coronavirus tests from travelers, saying they give a "false…