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Wikileaks Document Shows Mexican Clergy Feared An AMLO Presidency, Asked US For Help

Posted by Dobie on August 1, 2011, 2:33 pm

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.
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.
He felt the poor in Latin America did not understand the potential benefits to them of free markets and urged USG help, acknowledging that the Church, though necessarily cautious, can also play a greater role.
Obrador said he did not doubt what the U.S. document said about Sandoval, and repeated that political operatives stole the 2006 election from him. Since then, he proclaimed himself the "legitimate president" of Mexico.
In response to the claims made in the cables, the archdiocese of Guadalajara has confirmed that the meeting between cardinal Sandoval Iñiguez and the ambassador took place, but says neither the Mexican presidential candidate, nor any other leftist Latin American politicians were discussed

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