U.S. to accused Russian agents: Do as we say, not as we do

Journalist Critical of U.S. Government Accused of Spying

M.H. Lagarde – Cambios en Cuba – español

English translation: Machetera

Vicky Peláez, the Peruvian journalist who writes for the Hispanic newspaper El Diario/La Prensa in New York, is among 10 people arrested under the accusation of presumably working for undercover Russian agents in the United States.

Authorities confirmed that Peláez was arrested along with her husband, Juan Lázaro, on Sunday at their residence in Yonkers, a suburb of New York City.

According to her accusers, Peláez received a packet of money from a representative of the Russian government on January 14th, 2000, or some date close to that in an unspecified South American country.  The arrest warrant adds that on August 25th 2007, or a date close to that, in a city park in an unspecified South American country, undercover agents saw Lázaro receiving a handbag from a Russian agent.

According to the police report, an FBI agent states that “at this meeting an employee of the Russian government gave Lázaro money to compensate him for his work for Russia.”

The document says that Peláez has U.S. citizenship, but was born in Perú, and also says that her husband is a U.S. citizen of Uruguayan origin.  Both of them have lived for more than 20 years in the United States, according to the document.  It’s a strange accusation coming from a country that is practically open about paying for subversive activities in countries that do not kneel before Yankee hegemony.

In Cuba, for example, agents of the U.S. secret services working at the U.S. Interests Section in Havana have been shown a number of times on national television “giving” packets full of money to their employees.

Recently, the U.S. government, the same that now accuses Vicky Peláez of being a spy “for receiving money” has publicly admitted that in the next few months, it will distribute $15 million dollars to the so-called opposition (in reality, mercenaries) in Cuba.

Coincidentally, the journalist accused of spying is known for her opinion pieces that are very critical of the U.S. government.  Peláez’s arrest is happening during a time in which, in the United States, it appears to be a terrible sin to speak openly about certain subjects.

Recently the doyenne of the White House press corps, Helen Thomas, resigned her post after being excoriated for criticizing Israel, and General Stanley McChrystal who led foreign troops in Afghanistan, was removed by Obama himself, for expressing himself “incorrectly” in regard to government functionaries.

Machetera is a member of Tlaxcala, the international network of translators for linguistic diversity. This translation may be reprinted as long as the content remains unaltered, and the author, source, and translator are cited.

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