US State Department Knew Honduras Coup Was Illegal
Memo Reveals US State Department Knew Honduras Coup Was Illegal, Did Not Follow Own Advice
November 29, 2010
A leaked US embassy cable sent early during the Honduras coup shows that the State Department didn't follow its own advice after the agency defined the removal of President Manuel Zelaya as “illegitimate.”
Erin Rosa reports:
“Less than month after the coup d'état that removed Honduran President Manuel Zelaya from office at gun point, the US Embassy in the country's capital sent a memo to State Department headquarters in Washington DC ripping apart arguments used by the coup plotters.
“'...The military and/or whoever ordered the coup fell back on what they knew – the way Honduran presidents were removed in the past: a bogus resignation letter and a one-way ticket to a neighboring country,' reads a confidential cable from Tegucigalpa, signed by US Ambassador Hugo Llorens and published today by the organization Wikileaks.
“The agency did not heed the warnings written by Llorens. The document, which was sent to the White House, the Central Intelligence Agency, and the military, is in contrast to the State Department's position to back a coup supporter to be the future president of the country months after the memo was sent. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was later found to be involved in giving millions to the coup regime through a US government-financed corporation she helped manage.”
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