HomeNewsBriefBolivia Expelled US Drug Agency for 'Spying on President's Girlfriends'
BRIEF

Bolivia Expelled US Drug Agency for 'Spying on President's Girlfriends'

BOLIVIA / 8 SEP 2011 BY RONAN GRAHAM EN

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) was expelled from a Bolivian coca region in 2008 for spying on President Evo Morales’s private life, according to a cable released by WikiLeaks.

According to the leaked cable, Bolivian "drug czar" Felipe Caceres met with U.S. representatives after Bolivia had expelled DEA agents from the coca-growing Chapare region and had declared the U.S. ambassador persona non grata.

Caceres reportedly told the U.S. officials that the expulsion "had to happen because President Morales was 'upset that the DEA is following him, especially when he visits his girlfriends.'"

The minister said he knew that the allegations were not true, but that individuals including Presidency Minister Ramon Quintana had been suggesting the idea to Morales, knowing "what buttons to push" to upset him.

Morales, who has never been married, announced the indefinite suspension of DEA operations in Bolivia two months later. He accused the DEA of conducting “espionage” and “conspiracy” against his government.

The Morales government has denied the version of events recounted in the cable, and challenged the authenticity of the documents.

President Evo Morales has continued to accuse the DEA of attempting to control the drug trade for its own ends.

share icon icon icon

Was this content helpful?

We want to sustain Latin America’s largest organized crime database, but in order to do so, we need resources.

DONATE

What are your thoughts? Click here to send InSight Crime your comments.

We encourage readers to copy and distribute our work for non-commercial purposes, with attribution to InSight Crime in the byline and links to the original at both the top and bottom of the article. Check the Creative Commons website for more details of how to share our work, and please send us an email if you use an article.

Was this content helpful?

We want to sustain Latin America’s largest organized crime database, but in order to do so, we need resources.

DONATE

Related Content

ARGENTINA / 25 OCT 2022

Bolivia's cocaine trade is on the up. Originally a coca leaf cultivator, Bolivia has moved to cocaine production.

BOLIVIA / 13 AUG 2021

The US Coast Guard unloaded 27 tons of cocaine after a three-month operation in the Pacific and Caribbean, a massive…

BOLIVIA / 29 DEC 2022

The US is losing allies in Latin America just as production of cocaine, fentanyl, and other synthetic drugs is going…

About InSight Crime

THE ORGANIZATION

Europe Coverage Makes a Splash

20 JAN 2023

Last week, InSight Crime published an analysis of the role of Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport as an arrival hub for cocaine and methamphetamine from Mexico.  The article was picked up by…

THE ORGANIZATION

World Looks to InSight Crime for Mexico Expertise

13 JAN 2023

Our coverage of the arrest of Chapitos’ co-founder Ovidio Guzmán López in Mexico has received worldwide attention.In the UK, outlets including The Independent and BBC…

THE ORGANIZATION

InSight Crime Shares Expertise with US State Department

16 DEC 2022

Last week, InSight Crime Co-founder Steven Dudley took part in the International Anti-Corruption Conference organized by the US State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, & Labor and…

THE ORGANIZATION

Immediate Response to US-Mexico Marijuana Investigation

9 DEC 2022

InSight Crime’s investigation into how the legalization of marijuana in many US states has changed Mexico’s criminal dynamics made a splash this week appearing on the front page of…

THE ORGANIZATION

‘Ndrangheta Investigation, Exclusive Interview With Suriname President Make Waves

2 DEC 2022

Two weeks ago, InSight Crime published an investigation into how Italian mafia clan the ‘Ndrangheta built a cocaine trafficking network from South America to ‘Ndrangheta-controlled Italian ports. The investigation generated…