Wikileaks. Cable 63519

id: 63519
date: 5/10/2006 15:38
refid: 06LIMA1807
origin: Embassy Lima
classification: CONFIDENTIAL
destination: 06LIMA1681

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C O N F I D E N T I A L LIMA 001807

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: DECL: 05/09/2016

TAGS: PGOV, PINR, PHUM, PE

SUBJECT: HUMALA CAMPAIGN ALLEGES U.S. SUPPORTS GARCIA AND
BEHIND ATTEMPTS TO UNDERCUT THE UPP CANDIDATE

REF: A. LIMA 1681

B. 05 LIMA 0139 C. 05 LIMA 0093 D. 05 LIMA 0012
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Summary:

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1. (C) Battered by bad publicity resulting from Venezuelan
President Hugo Chavez” heavy-handed attempts to tilt
the Peruvian election toward Union por el Peru (UPP)
candidate Ollanta Humala (Ref A), the Humala campaign has responded
with a series of allegations that the U.S.G. supports Alan
Garcia and is seeking to undercut Humala. The most recent
incident involves claims that leave the mistaken impression
that the U.S. recently denied candidate Humala a visa, when,
in fact, his visa was prudentially revoked by the Department
over a year ago as a result of his suspected involvement in
the coup attempt his brother led in Andahuaylas (Refs B-D).
The Humala campaign is playing fast and loose with the facts
in an effor to make the U.S., rather than Chavez, the
bogeyman. End Summary.

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Nadine Humala Takes the Lead

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2. (U) Over the weekend, candidate Ollanta Humala’s wife and
close political advisor, Nadine Humala, denied that her
husband was a tool of Hugo Chavez. In a radio interview, she
asserted that the real “puppet” in the campaign was Alan
Garcia, whom she connected with the CIA.

3. (U) Former Humala campaign spokesperson and UPP
Congressman-elect Daniel Abugattas alleged on 5/8 that the
strategy of linking Ollanta Humala to Hugo Chavez was
“created by the U.S. Embassy.” Abugattas argued that Garcia
had been coached to provoke Chavez, who then responded,
creating the “erroneous” impression that Chavez was the
aggressor.

4. (U) Abugattas also denied that Chavez was harming the
Andean Community (CAN) by leaving the CAN. Instead, he
argued, Colombia, Peru and Ecuador had broken with the CAN by
negotiating free trade agreements with the United States,
putting all CAN industries and domestic markets at risk.
Abugattas characterized the FTA as “a treaty of aggression”
by the U.S. that would subordinate the Peruvian constitution
and Peruvian law to its dictates.

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Former Truth Commissioner on Humala’s U.S. Visa

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5. (U) The latest attempt to pull the U.S. into the campaign
came on the morning of 5/9 when former Truth and
Reconciliation Commission Member Carlos Tapia, a recent
convert to Ollanta’s campaign, told a radio interviewer that
the United States had “denied” Ollanta Humala “an entry visa”
to go to the United States for procedural reasons, but that
the real motivations were human rights accusations against
Humala and his alleged involvement in the coup attempt
launched by his brother in Andahuaylas on 1/1/05 (Refs B-D).
Tapia also said the visa denial meant Humala could not meet
with human rights groups in the U.S.

6. (C) In his public comments, Tapia twisted the facts of
Ollanta’s case. In reality, the U.S. did prudentially revoke
Humala’s visa in January 2005 when Humala was still a
Military Attache in Seoul, South Korea for possible
involvement in his brother’s rebellion in Andahuaylas. The
Ambassador and other Emboffs have repeatedly told members of
Humala’s team (including Tapia) that if the candidate wanted
to travel to the U.S., he should apply for a visa well in
advance, since his alleged involvement in in the 2005
Andahuaylas uprising could lengthen the time necessary to
process his case. We have not/not received a visa request
from Humala since his visa was prudentially revoked.

7. (C) Note: Poloff briefed Tapia two weeks ago, one of
several such Embassy messages to reps in Humala’s campaign,

on our readiness to facilitate a visa application by Humala.
Poloff received a somewhat incoherent call from Tapia on the
morning of 5/9, before news of the radio interview broke.
Tapia told Poloff that he had not been aware of Ollanta’s
previously losing his visa (a topic Poloff had not discussed
with Tapia) and seemed to complain that the Humala campaign
did not trust him for his connection with Poloff. Later in
the day, Poloff received a call from Reuters news agency.
The Reuters official stated that Tapia had recommended Poloff
as a definitive source on Humala’s visa. Poloff referred
Rueters to the Embassy’s Press Attache. End Note.

8. (U) Tapia is a recognized expert on Shining Path and was
recently working for an NGO that was helping the Toledo
Government develop a plan for reparations. Two weeks ago, he
shocked a number of his colleagues when he publicly endorsed
Ollanta Humala. He has since been forced to leave the
Catholic University’s Human Rights Institute (IDEPUC). Tapia
is something of a maverick and is a friend of Humala’s first
Vice Presidential candidate Gonzalo Garcia. Tapia recently
told Poloff that he had decided to back Humala because the
latter represented the best option for reviving Peru’s
fractured political left. End Note.

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Embassy Press Statement

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9. (U) The Embassy issued a press statement during the
afternoon of 5/9 clarifying the facts behind the revocation
of Humala’s visa. It reads:

“In January 2005, the Department of State revoked Ollanta
Humala’s” visa pursuant to requirements of U.S. law based
upon information that indicated possible ineligibility for
admission to the United States.

On April 28, 2006, the U.S. Embassy in Lima learned that Mr.
Humala might be planning a private visit to the United
States. The Ambassador advised a member of Mr. Humala’s team
responsible for international liaison that Mr. Humala’s visa
had been revoked and offered facilitative assistance should
he wish to apply for a new visa.”

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Comment:

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10. (C) The Humala campaign was thrown off its stride by the
popular blowback to Venezuelan President Chavez” heavy-handed
intervention in Peru’s politics (Ref A). Now, the campaign
is attempting to tar Alan Garcia with a similar brush
vis-a-vis the U.S. The Humalistas” strategy all along has
been to portray their candidate as the victim of an outside
conspiracy, but this line seems to be wearing thin with the
electorate.
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