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PT-backed dictator believed nuns were praying for his murder, according to WikiLeaks

Diplomatic cables leaked by WikiLeaks revealed that Nicaraguan dictator Daniel Ortega believed that there was a group of nuns in the country praying and praying for him to be assassinated, according to a document released this Monday by the digital portal “Confidential ”.

The leaked cables reveal a private conversation held on April 432 April 2009 by the then ambassador of the United States in Nicaragua, Robert Callahan, and by the former head of the National Police, Aminta Granera, after signing the implementation of the Mérida Initiative.

At the meeting, according to the American diplomat, Granera told him that Ortega, a former Sandinista guerrilla who has been in power since 2007, was “completely crazy and a threat to the country”.

In addition, he would have confided to him that Ortega believed that she, as chief of police, had frequent meetings with the US ambassador to conspire against his government.

According to the cable, Callahan suggested to Granera that they meet at his residence for breakfast or lunch, and the police chief said she would not dare, arguing that this would fuel Ortega’s suspicions.

“Ortega also believed, apparently, that there was a group of old nuns praying for his murder and saw this as a threatening action,” according to the cable from the former US ambassador leaked by WikiLeaks and dated 27 of April 2009, three days after the meeting with Granera.

This document is part of a leak of 1.432 cables about Nicaragua published by WikiLeaks, corresponding to the period from 2006 to 2010, explained the “Confidential”, directed by exiled Nicaraguan journalist Carlos Fernando Chamorro.

The “Confidential” indicated that he accessed the diplomatic telegram 13 years after “the irrational expulsion of the nuns from the order of Missionaries of Charity, founded by Mother Teresa of Calcutta, who left the country on July 6” after the authorities dissolved her association.

The diplomatic document leaked by WikiLeaks does not identify which religious orders the nuns belonged to, only that it was a “very

Diplomatic cables leaked by WikiLeaks revealed, at the time, the view that the US embassy in Nicaragua had of the dictator Ortega: a corrupt, unscrupulous and authoritarian man, recalled the “Confidential ”.

Several of the cables also denounced the fear of state officials of suffering reprisals for making public statements, added the portal.

Nicaragua is experiencing a political crisis and since April 2018, which worsened after the controversial general elections of November 7, in which Ortega was re-elected for a fifth term, the fourth in a row and the second together with his wife, Rosario Murillo, as vice president, with the main opposition candidates in prison.

Ort ega, 76 years old, has been in power for 15 years and 5 consecutive months, amid accusations of authoritarianism and electoral fraud.

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