Bolivia Denounces U.S. Covert Operation

January 21, 2013

On January 8, Bolivian Minister of Communications Amanda Dávila broke the news that the U.S. government conducted a covert military operation in Bolivia between June and September of 2012.

In June, twenty-four U.S. researchers entered the country by presenting themselves to Bolivian authorities as tourists. The members of the delegation did not identify themselves as researchers funded by the U.S. government or reveal the military character of their investigations.

On January 10, Bolivian Vice President Álvaro García Linera made a statement denouncing the action as a direct attack on the Bolivian State and violation of Bolivian sovereignty.

Every year, on top of hundreds of billions of dollars spent on the military budget, the federal government spends tens of billions more on the military through the energy budget, space budget, and government grants for research and technology.