WikiLeaks: Costa Rica suspected Venezuelan spying
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
Henrietta Boggs, First Lady of the Revolution, dies at 102Mike Faulk - September 24, 2020
Henrietta Boggs, the Alabama woman who married a revolutionary President of Costa Rica and became the First Lady of the Revolution,…
Costa Rica coronavirus updates for Thursday, September 24Alejandro Zúñiga - September 24, 2020
Costa Rica announced 14 new coronavirus-related deaths over the last day for a total of 795, according to official data…
Costa Rica expands list of authorized states, countries for touristsAlejandro Zúñiga - September 24, 2020
Costa Rica has expanded the list of countries and U.S. states from which it will welcome tourists in October, Tourism…