Disinfo: US Intelligence co-opted Bolivian security services

Summary

President Morales stood no chance of surviving the crisis from the get-go since US intelligence had already co-opted his security services, which likely passed on information about his officials’ families to the right-wing mobs and thus facilitated their de-facto hostage-taking as a form a blackmail against their civil servant relative.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory. No evidence is provided to support the claim. This is part of a recurrent disinformation narrative about US-led regime change operations against left wing governments in Latin America. You can see other examples of this, such as the alleged presence of a US marine in the Venezuelan barricades and the promotion of a Ukraine-style 'colour revolution', the training of Venezuelan exiles in Guyana for military operations inside the country, preparations for a military intervention after forcing Brazil to join NATO, deliberate blackouts in South America caused by the US, or the existence of plans for the secession of oil-rich regions in both Venezuela and Mexico. Also falls within the broader pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative attempting to deny the existence of genuine grass-root protests, portraying them as foreign-led efforts and fake colour revolutions. Read the statement by the EU High Representative/Vice President Federica Mogherini on the situation in Bolivia here

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  • Reported in: Issue 172
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 12/11/2019
  • Outlet language(s) English
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Bolivia, US
  • Keywords: Hybrid war, Colour revolutions
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Disproof

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Disproof

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