Bolivia: Another U.S. Diplomat Ousted
March 10, 2009 - New York Times


President Evo Morales expelled an American diplomat on Monday, accusing him of conspiring with opposition groups. Last week, Mr. Morales accused the diplomat, Francisco Martinez, of “coordinating contacts” with a Bolivian police officer accused of infiltrating the state oil company on behalf of the C.I.A. The United States said the accusation was baseless. On Monday, Mr. Morales said that “deep investigations” had determined that Mr. Martinez “was in permanent contact with opposition groups.” The State Department rejected the allegations and called the move “unwarranted and unjustified.” Mr. Morales expelled the United States ambassador six months earlier, accusing him of inciting the opposition after rioting between government supporters and opponents.