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Peru coup: CIA agent turned US ambassador met with defense minister day before president overthrown

Ben Norton

Caption for photo: Trump/Biden/CIA appointee Lisa Kenna with Dina Boluarte.

The US government has staunchly supported Peru’s unelected coup regime, which declared a nation-wide “state of emergency” and deployed the military to the streets in an attempt to crush the protests... The CIA has organized many coups against democratically elected left-wing leaders in Latin America, from Guatemala’s President Jacobo Árbenz in 1954 to Chile’s President Salvador Allende in 1973.  When the Donald Trump administrated nominated Lisa Kenna to be ambassador to Peru in 2020, the State Department released a “certificate of competency” that revealed that, “Before joining the Foreign Service, she served for nine years as a Central Intelligence Agency officer.”  This important fact is curiously absent from most of Kenna’s bios, including her page on the US embassy’s official website... Under Trump, Kenna also served as executive secretary of the State Department and was “senior aide” to Trump’s Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.  Pompeo admitted in 2019, “I was the CIA director. We lied, we cheated, we stole.  ... When President Joe Biden entered in January 2021, he kept Kenna as ambassador in Peru... Fuerza Popular is run by the family members of Alberto Fujimori, who ruled Peru with an iron fist from 1990 until 2000. With the support of the US government, Fujimori committed genocide, sterilizing approximately 300,000 Indigenous people, while killing, torturing, and disappearing large numbers of leftist dissidents... Hoping to stop the coup, Castillo responded by trying to dissolve the congress. This is allowed in cases of obstructionism by article 134 of Peru’s constitution.