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Ex-Ambassador | “Why We Spy”


Source: Blog do Mello.

Love is lovely. But it also brings suffering and the loved one needs to be spied upon, like an enemy.

Or at least this is what a supposed  ex-U.S. ambassador  (I will explain later on why I say “supposed”) said in confidence to the journalist and writer Carlos Alberto Montaner, or at least what he explicity insinuated (if that is not an oxymoron) on his blog.

Montaner’s blog article is said to have reproduced a conversation with this ex-ambassador — We are old friends. Can I use your name? No. It would create an immense problem from me, but you can transcribe the conservation. ”

According to this source, the U.S. is obliged to spy on Brazil because, where once we were trusted friends, intimate to the point of their sponsorship of a military coup in our country  (the ex-ambassador does not mention this, of course), now, and I quote from Montaner’s citation of this ex-ambassador:

“Just read the documents of the Forum of São  Paulo and observed the conduct of the Brazilian government. The friends of Luis Ignacio Lula da Silva, Dilma Rousseff  and the Workers Party are enemies of the United States. Venezuela under Chávez and Maduro, Evo Morales in Bolivia, Libya during the Gadafi regime, and the Syria of Bashar el-Asad”.


The Forum of São Paulo is a list of parties ideologically aligned with the political programs of the Workers Party.

In the past, it apparently consisted of a simple spreadsheet with basic contact information. It seems to have grown and branched out, with topical working groups and the like.

“In nearly all conflicts, the Brazilian government has aligned itself with Russia and China against the White House and State Department. Its ideological family is the BRICS, with whom it attempts to reconcile its own foreign policy.

“This enormous South American nation has no interest in defending the democratic principles systematically violated by Cuba.

On the contrary, ex-president Lula often takes investors to the island in order to strengthen the Castro dictatorship. Sums in the billions of dollars have been sunk into the development of the super port at Mariel, near Havana”.

“Cuban influence in Brazil is covert but very intense.

José Dirceu, ex-chief of staff of Lula da Silva and his most influential minister, had served as an agent of Cuban intelligence services. Exiled in Cuba, he  changed his face through plastic surgery and they sent him back to Brazil with a new idenity — Carlos Henrique Gouveia de Mello, a Jewish businessman. He remained at this post until the restoration of democracy.

Lula invested great power inone of Brazil’s staunchest allies of the Cuban regime. He fell in disgrace on corruption charges, but without abandoning his ideological preferences and his sympathies with Havana,” said the source.

I have also wondered: Could Dirceu’s legal problems stem, at least in part, from this checkered past of his? He was, after all, a prisoner exchanged for the U.S. ambassador Charles Elrick. Uncle Sam has a long memory

Naturally, the supposed ex-ambassador is a reader of Veja magazine:

The first of many questions is — even if that were true, why would the U.S. have the right to spy on our country, intercepting the  telephones of our president?

And here there arises the “supposed” I mentioned at the beginning.

The author of the article was born in pre-revolutionary Cuba, in 1943. When the revolution came, he sought a “change of scenery” from which he could continue to spew hatred and bile at the Castro regime.

[He?] is one of the authors of the Guide to the Perfect Latin America Idiot (review).

That leaves us with either  the Colombian writer-journo Plinio Apuleyo Mendoza or the son of Mario Vargas Llosa, who can presumably be excluded as not having arrived in the U.S. as a boat person.

From the review of the book by Foreign Affairs magazine upon its release in 2000:

Few targets are spared as the authors take on the totalitarian illusions of Latin America’s revolutionary left, the long love affair with the Cuban Revolution, liberation theology (in a chapter mischievously called “Rifles and Cassocks”), and good old Yankeephobia. Exaggerated, even unfair at times, this book nevertheless provides a rollicking good read. It ends with ten pages of pertinent quotations, including those from a “reformed” idiot (one of the authors) who has reproduced his battle cry of anti-American slogans shouted outside the White House in 1984.

Vargas Llosa Junior is the hereditary heir to the Marquessate of Vargas Llosa.

Álvaro Vargas Llosa is a Senior Fellow at the Independent Institute, who has been a nationally syndicated columnist for the Washington Post Writers Group, and is the author of the book Liberty for Latin America, which obtained the Sir Anthony Fisher International Memorial Award for its contribution to the cause of freedom in 2005. He was recently appointed Young Global Leader 2007 by the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Other authors may have contributed to the work.