Jul 23, 2011

Wikileaks: Ex-Juarez bishop worked to sway Mexican presidential election

Wikileaks-released document shows Ex-Juárez bishop worked to sway Mexican election
U.S. has embassy to the Vatican
By Diana Washington Valdez / El Paso Times
Former Juárez Catholic Bishop Juan Sandoval Iñiguez asked the United States government to help prevent Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador from becoming president of Mexico, according to a U.S. diplomatic cable released by WikiLeaks.
Sandoval, today a cardinal in Guadalajara and a former contender for the papacy, discussed Obrador during a 2006 meeting with U.S. diplomats in Rome.
"In separate meetings, two influential Latin American cardinals told Ambassador (Francis) Rooney of their concerns for the continent and urged USG (U.S. government) support for efforts to promote free trade and understanding of market economies to upper and lower classes in the region," the cable said, referring to Sandoval and Brazilian Cardinal Claudio Hummes.
Sandoval raised concerns about the increasing presence of leftist leaders in Latin America, including Fidel Castro, Hugo Chavez, Evo Morales, Christina Kirchner, Michelle Bachelet and possibly Lopez Obrador, and called it "a dangerous trend," according to the April 6, 2006 cable from the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See.
"Sandoval said that under Lopez Obrador's governance, crime and violence had risen in Mexico City. (He also discussed his conviction that his predecessor had been killed by the Mexican government in 1994.)," the cable said.
(See rest of story in today's El Paso Times at http://www.elpasotimes.com/juarez/ci_18530442)