EVO’S POLITICAL ADVISERS (PART 3 OF 3)

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06LAPAZ908 31 March 2006 Secreto Embassy La Paz

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E.O. 12958: DECL: 03/17/2016
TAGS: ECON, PGOV, PREL, BL, PINR
SUBJECT: EVO’S POLITICAL ADVISERS (PART 3 OF 3)

REF: LA PAZ 00831

Classified By: Amb. David N. Greenlee for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d).

1. (C) Summary: President Evo Morales keeps several close
advisers who facilitate and carry out his personal agenda but
have limited influence on the President’s decisionmaking.
They are split between those who work behind the scenes to
facilitate Morales’ vision and those who are charged with
intimidating the opposition, especially in Congress. This
cable is part three of a three-part series examining how
Morales has structured his advisory circle. End summary.


Behind the Scenes


2. (S//NF) Morales has several behind-the-scenes operators
whose names rarely show up in open sources, but which
sensitive reporting indicates are key Morales advisers. They
appear to be loyal to Morales’ political vision and work
closely with the Cubans and Venezuelans in a complementary
rather than competitive way, unlike Morales’ primary
intellectual advisers (SEPTEL). (Comment: The fact that
these advisers work behind the scenes suggests that they are
not seeking public recognition, and Morales is more likely to
keep them around because of it. End comment.)


Ivan Iporre Salguero


3. (S//NF) Ivan Iporre is Morales’ personal assistant, and
sensitive reporting indicates that he also has been
responsible for Morales’ personal finances. Iporre controls
Morales’ agenda and access to him. He was one of three
advisers who accompanied Morales on his world tour in
January. Two Embassy contacts have said that Iporre is the
"go-to-guy" for seeking political favors from the President.


Hugo Moldiz Mercado


4. (S//NF) Hugo Moldiz, a journalist by trade and a
well-known FARC and ELN-B contact, appears to hold an
unofficial advisory position in the Ministry of Government.
Sensitive reporting indicates that he has been an important
operator for Morales with the Cubans in Bolivia, particularly
coordinating the Constituent Assembly agenda and security and
intelligence issues. Press reports have also highlighted
Moldiz’s role in allegedly organizing local self-defense
groups, a pet project Morales takes from his years as a
cocalero leader and may now be inspired by Venezuela’s
President Hugo Chavez.


Hector Arce Zaconeta


5. (C) Hector Arce is Morales’ personal attorney, a position
he has held for six years. Arce appears to be responsible
for designing the legal means for Morales to bypass laws the
President deems inconvenient or for devising legal arguments
for harassing or attacking Morales’ political adversaries,
such as the lawsuit against former President’s Eduardo
Rodriguez, Carlos Mesa, Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada, and Jorge
Quiroga.


Public Operators


6. (C) Morales relies on several Congressmen, particularly
Senate President Santos Ramirez Valverde, Chamber of Deputies
President Edmundo Novillo Aguilar, and Chamber of Deputies
member Gustavo Torrico Landa, to intimidate opposition

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Congressional leaders. Ramirez, Novillo, and Torrico owe
their career to Morales and may be abusing power much like
their predecessors. In particular, Ramirez, a blatant
opportunist who one Embassy contact says would sell his
mother to get what he wants, has already fallen prey to
allegations of graft, according to PODEMOS Congressmen (REF
A).

7. (C) These advisers operate more as the President’s back
alley thugs than as independent legislators. For example,
PODEMOS Congressmen have told poloff that their MAS
counterparts have been digging up dirt from the past and
blackmailing opposition Congressmen to back the MAS or face
exposure through the press. (Comment: One Embassy contact
has referred to the Congressmen as part of the "Cochabamba
boys"—a reference to the group of associates that Morales
led over the years in the Chapare that regularly intimidated
and harassed cocaleros—although only Novillo technically
represents Cochabamba. End comment.) Further blurring the
line between the executive and legislative branches, the
press reported in January that both Ramirez and Novillo moved
into the presidential palace at Morales’ request, although
Ramirez publicly denies that he lives there.
GREENLEE