As US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton led a team committed to delegitimising the politics of the late socialist president Hugo Chavez and the Bolivarian Revolution, secret emails published by WikiLeaks reveal.
Clinton publicly welcomed improved relations with Venezuela as Secretary of State, but she privately ridiculed the country and continued to support destabilisation efforts, leaked emails show.
In 2010, Clinton asked Arturo Valenzuela, then assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere affairs, how “to rein in Chavez”. Valenzuela responded: “We need to carefully consider the consequences of publicly confronting him but ought to look at opportunities for others in the region to help.”
His answer was in line with the US Embassy strategy in 2006, also revealed in WikiLeaks intelligence cables. A confidential cable from the embassy said: “Creative U.S. outreach to Chavez' regional partners will drive a wedge between him and them.”
“By refusing to take each of Chavez's outbursts seriously, we frustrate him even more, paving the way for additional Bolivarian miscalculations. We also allow room for other international actors to respond.”
Spain was among the countries willing to help the US in its subversive foreign relations strategy. Former secretary of state Madeleine Albright passed on a message from the administration of conservative Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy in 2012 expressing intentions “to re-orient Spanish foreign policy so that it can work with the U.S. in Latin America, especially on Venezuela and Cuba ...