CIA Again Charging Against Bolivia

CIA Again Charging Against Bolivia
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2 June 2023
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While separatist governor of Santa Cruz, Luis Fernando Camacho, remains imprisoned and awaiting trial for various crimes against the State, the Empire has reinforced its coup-oriented and battered Central Intelligence Agency to try to depose President Luis Arce, after that he preferred to accept the investment of Chinese companies in the exploitation of lithium and criticized the North Atlantic Treaty Organization for its responsibility in the military crisis taking place in Ukraine.

Camacho is charged with the crimes of financing terrorism, bribery of assets, seduction of troops, public incitement to commit a crime and criminal association; as well as misuse of public goods and services.

And since sometimes the so-called Bolivian justice is not up to the task of either the Executive or the legislature, it has not yet admitted Camacho's participation together with the CIA in the coup against President Evo Morales in 2019 and his close collaboration with the illegal president Añez, with whom he later distanced himself due to the desire to come to power.

Agency Part-Take

With reliable evidence, a list of CIA agents who prepared the coup in Bolivia has been published.

The site Belinda Back Dorso public or an article entitled "The intervention of the United States against Bolivia" in which they detail the steps the coup would follow, which were carried out as if it were a script.

The article “After the coup: The most important agents of the CIA in La Paz, Bolivia. First part”, released a list of spies, including Bolivian generals Williams Kliman Romero, Yuri Calderón, and Rómulo Delgado.

There it’s warned that it’s the beginning of what the central headquarters of the CIA "has reserved for the Latin American countries they don’t like."

The CIA station in La Paz was run by Rol Bolsón and Annette Dorothy Blakeslee, who recruited José Sánchez, the person in charge of Argentine espionage AFI in the Bolivian capital, for the coup.

Annette Dorothy Blakeslee was in Nicaragua as a doctor for USAID, one of the diplomatic fronts used by the CIA in its covert operations.

Sánchez had diplomatic inmunity from the government of Mauricio Macri, but in reality he served as a liaison with the secret services of several Latin American countries. He was in charge of two AFI stations in Bolivia: one in La Paz and the other at the Consulate in Santa Cruz. The latter was used to distribute funds among the coup leaders in the city. The funds, in turn, were provided by the US embassy.

The Emergency Action Committee and the US Southern Command had already contemplated a coup in Bolivia or the assassination of President Evo Morales in 2008, according to a US Embassy document leaked by WikiLeaks and analyzed by the Norwegian specialist Erik Volad, published at that time by Prensa Latina.

According to emails dated between 2006-2009, the aforementioned United States Agency for Development (USAID) delivered at least four million dollars to separatist movements in the region known as Media Luna, which integrates the eastern departments of the country.

The US strategy against the Bolivian government was to be carried out by radical opposition groups that were to blow up gas pipelines to force La Paz to accept the separation of those departments.

Washington was aware of the plans for this series of attacks, but did not denounce them, Volad asserted. The Norwegian journalist has explained that there are more than 14,000 WikiLeaks documents in which the name of President Evo Morales appears, which verifies the importance of that country rich in hydrocarbons and other natural resources for the North American strategy.

And now Lithium

The CIA continues to move its pawns in Santa Cruz and other Bolivian areas susceptible to separatism inspired by local and external reaction, although Camacho's connection to the US espionage entity has not yet been officially proven, even though it has the same purpose.

According to President Luis Arce, Bolivia is "threatened" and "in the eyes" of the "international right" because of its wealth in lithium, the fundamental mineral for the production of electric batteries and, therefore, one of the strategic natural resources of Bolivia. this century, in a speech before the core of his party, the Movement Towards Socialism, in response to Laura Richardson, head of the Southern Command of the United States Army.

A few days earlier, in a statement before a commission of the Congress of that country, he had expressed its concern about the Chinese presence in the so-called "lithium triangle" of South America, made up of three countries that produce the mineral, Chile, Argentina, and Bolivia.

This region is full of resources and I am concerned about the wrong activity of our adversaries, who take advantage of them by pretending they’re investing when, in fact, they are extracting,” said the North American.

Although it’s not the first time that Richardson and Arce have clashed on this issue, the military chief's latest statement came two months after Bolivia signed an agreement with the Chinese consortium CBC (made up of the companies CATL, BRUNP and CMOC ) to build two plants in the salt flats of Coipas (in the Oruro region) and Uyuni (in the Potosí region). Each of these plants will have a production capacity of more than 25,000 tons per year of battery grade (i.e. high purity) lithium carbonate and should be ready by 2026.

This agreement implied two novelties: it established the association of the Bolivian government with a foreign company to exploit the lithium reserves of this country, which are the largest in the world in brines (amounting to 21 million tons). This is something that, due to the opposition of the producing region of Potosí to previous partners, the country has not been able to achieve until now. And, furthermore, it constituted the first industrial investment in a technology for the “direct extraction” of lithium from brines, which until now has been experimental.

With conventional technology, through evaporation pools, Bolivia has only achieved since it has produced 600 tons of lithium carbonate per year, it has not yet entered the club of big players in the market for this raw material. However, an entirely Bolivian plant is expected to come online this year, which according to government plans will produce 15,000 tons. In total, Bolivia is expected to produce more than its neighbors, Chile, which exports around 40,000 tons, and Argentina, which sells 6,000 tons per year, by 2025.

Although the Chinese consortium is made up of prestigious companies (CATL is the world's largest battery producer), Richardson's statement repeats a constant attack against China, which is accused of investing in Latin America to extract resources for its own development, without taking care of the premises, an issue that is not really like that, but that is typical of companies of North American origin.

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