So far, much of what the press (that is, the NYTimes) has highlighted from the latest WikiLeaks e-archive is mere gossip and the choicest anecdotes. But here’s a story that matters, and that should therefore be big news–or, at the very least, provoke some pointed questions from the mainstream press. (It won’t, though.)
State Department Busted
on Support of Coup
by: Robert Naiman, t r u t h o u t | News Analysis
By July 24, 2009, the US government was totally clear about the basic facts of what took place in Honduras on June 28, 2009. The US embassy in Tegucigalpa sent a cable to Washington with the subject, “Open and Shut: The Case of the Honduran Coup,” asserting that “there is no doubt” that the events of June 28 “constituted an illegal and unconstitutional coup.” The embassy listed arguments being made by supporters of the coup to claim its legality, and dismissed them thus: “None … has any substantive validity under the Honduran constitution.” The Honduran military clearly had no legal authority to remove President Manuel Zelaya from office or from Honduras, the embassy said, and their action – the embassy described it as an “abduction” and “kidnapping” – was clearly unconstitutional.