EditorsAbout the SiteComes vs. MicrosoftUsing This Web SiteSite ArchivesCredibility IndexOOXMLOpenDocumentPatentsNovellNews DigestSite NewsRSS


Cablegate: Luis Tascón Accused of Being “Instrument of the (U.S.) Empire” Having Spent a Month “in the Offices of Bill Gates” (Updated)

Posted in America, Bill Gates, Cablegate at 4:25 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz


Summary: Interesting cable about Hugo Chávez and some politicians in his country

IMPERIALISM with patents is a subject this site covers extensively. There is also a fair deal of coverage about financial sanctions and the role Microsoft plays in them. In one Cablegate cable that we found this morning we see a president trying to get “assistance in arranging a meeting with Bill Gates.” World Bank/IMF are the next points in the list. Without delving again into the background of all this (in relation to Microsoft and Bill’s instrument of control), we’ll just descend into the following cable which mentioned why Luis Tascón Gutiérrez got expelled.

DE RUEHCV #0227/01 0531735
P 221735Z FEB 08

C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 02 CARACAS 000227 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 02/21/2018 
TAGS: PGOV [Internal Governmental Affairs], 
PREL [External Political Relations], KDEM [Democratization], 
VE [Venezuela] 
CARACAS 00000227  001.2 OF 002 
REASONS 1.4 (B) AND (D) 
¶1. (C) Summary.  President Chavez publicly declared after his 
constitutional referendum defeat that shoring up his 
political base will be one of his highest priorities.  Since 
then, he has focused considerable personal attention on 
launching his proposed single, pro-government party, the 
United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV).  Some 1600 PSUV 
delegates are trying to forge party statutes and select party 
leaders at an ongoing, and much-delayed, founding congress. 
According to current planning, PSUV leaders hope to register 
the new party with electoral authorities by March, well 
before state and local elections tentatively slated for 
November.  The ham-handed expulsion of a National Assembly 
deputy from the party is highlighting the extent to which 
this ostensibly grassroots party is being steered by Chavez 
and a small, powerful group of core supporters.  It has also 
revealed and exacerbated cleavages within Chavismo.  The PSUV 
is fast establishing that it values party discipline over 
other considerations and does not welcome dissent.  The PSUV 
continues to enjoy extensive government support, including 
free air time and advertising space in government-owned media 
outlets.  End Summary. 
The Much-Delayed Party Congress 
¶2. (SBU) President Chavez spoke January 19 to over 1600 
elected PSUV delegates to open the party congress of his 
proposed single, pro-government party, the United Socialist 
Party of Venezuela (PSUV).  The PSUV founding congress has 
been tasked with establishing party regulations and a 
political platform.  President Chavez postponed the congress 
a number of times in 2007 before declaring that it should be 
held soon after the December 2007 constitutional referendum. 
The PSUV founding congress, divided into some 50 work 
committees, has been holding weekend sessions since January 
19 both in Caracas and other Venezuelan cities.  Critics 
accuse BRV officials of using government resources to sustain 
the PSUV congress and of exploiting government-owned media to 
promote the PSUV. 
¶3. (SBU) Chavez spoke for five hours to the PSUV congress on 
February 16, urging party delegates to embrace unity and to 
set aside individual ambitions.  In addition, Chavez exhorted 
party members to elicit greater local participation in PSUV 
"battalion" meetings.  Chavez also reportedly tasked the PSUV 
delegates with selecting party leaders and establishing 
criteria for selecting gubernatorial and mayoral candidates. 
Party leaders told the local media that they expect the PSUV 
founding congress to conclude in early March and to register 
as a political party with the National Electoral Council 
(CNE) around the same time. 
¶4. (C) While ostensibly a party being forged "from below," 
the formation of the PSUV appears to be closely supervised 
from above by a small, powerful group of Chavez supporters 
who make up the PSUV Support Committee, successor to the 
larger PSUV Promotion Commission.  Chavez designated former 
Vice President Jorge Rodriguez to lead the Support 
Committee's efforts.  Miranda State Governor Diosdado 
Cabello, former Vice President Jose Vicente Rangel, and 
National Assembly Deputy Dario Vivas are also reportedly 
playing a key role.  The Support Committee meets with and 
answers to the Venezuelan president. 
Expulsion of NA Deputy 
¶5. (SBU) Former VP Jorge Rodriguez and Miranda State Governor 
Diosdado Cabello announced on Venezuelan state television 
February 16 that the PSUV founding congress unanimously voted 
to expel National Assembly Deputy Luis Tascon from the party. 
 Days before in the National Assembly, Tascon accused 
recently appointed Tax Authority (SENIAT) Director Jose David 
Cabello, brother of Diosdado, of purchasing some 200 cars and 
microbuses at grossly inflated prices when Jose David Cabello 
was at the Ministry of Infrastructure in 2004.  The PSUV 
voting bloc in the National Assembly also expelled Tascon 
from its parliamentary group on February 21. 
¶6. (SBU) Diosdado Cabello denied the corruption accusation 
against his brother and in a press release accused Tascon of 
being an "instrument of the (U.S.) empire."  Cabello added 
CARACAS 00000227  002.2 OF 002 
that Tascon had spent a month "in the offices of Bill Gates" 
and suggested that while there a chip was injected into 
Tascon's blood.  Cabello also produced a purported written 
request by Tascon for a diplomatic passport for a banker that 
Cabello said is associated with narcotrafficking.  National 
Assembly President Cilia Flores reportedly tried to dismiss 
the NA Comptroller Commission chairman who received Tascon's 
complaint, but failed. 
¶7. (C) Hard-line Chavistas such as National Assembly Deputies 
Iris Varela and Carlos Escarra have publicly defended Tascon. 
 Varela questioned how someone could be expelled from a party 
that is not yet formally established.  Escarra noted that 
Tascon should have the right to defend himself and questioned 
the manner in which he was reportedly expelled from the PSUV 
by simple acclamation at the February 15 founding congress 
meeting.  Numerous Chavistas have posted op-eds on the 
pro-government "apporea.org" website accusing PSUV leaders of 
imposing excessive party discipline at the expense of 
PSUV: Multiple Currents 
¶8. (C) Intra-PSUV squabbling appears to reflect increasingly 
visible divisions within Chavismo.  NA Deputy Carlos Escarra 
told the media that there are three currents within the PSUV 
occupying the left, center, and right of the pro-Chavez 
spectrum.  Miranda State Governor Cabello publicly accused 
Tascon of being part of the "false left"; Tascon accused the 
Miranda governor of being part of the "endogenous right." 
¶9. (C) Podemos leaders told the Ambassador February 19 that 
within the National Assembly, Escarra, Foreign Minister 
Nicolas Maduro (and presumably now his common-law wife and 
National Assembly President Cilia Flores), and former Army 
major Francisco Ameliach lead three separate informal groups. 
 Other insiders report that there are a few dozen 
"renovation" legislators trying to force the National 
Assembly leadership to share power -- and perks -- more 
¶10. (C) The PSUV's Stalinesque expulsion of NA Deputy Tascon 
is a noteworthy example of growing cleavages within Chavismo 
as well as the Bolivarian revolution's capacity to eat its 
own.  It also could not have happened to a "nicer guy" - 
Tascon is widely known for posting on his website the names 
and national identity numbers of all the persons who signed 
the recall petition against President Chavez.  Chavez 
supporters subsequently used the "Tascon" list to deny 
government jobs, contracts, services and benefits to 
¶11. (C) Tascon's ouster from the PSUV recalls the stripping 
of NA Deputy Francisco Ameliach of his PSUV coordinating role 
within the National Assembly in August 2007.  Ameliach was 
disciplined after he suggested publicly that if the PSUV was 
not ready for 2008 state and local elections, Chavez' former 
political party, the Fifth Republic Movement (MVR), should be 
"dusted off" to compete at the polls.  Notwithstanding 
Chavez' claim that he is trying to build a genuinely popular 
party from the ground up, the PSUV is earning a reputation 
for doctrinaire and factional politics rather than for 
fostering grassroots democracy and cooperation within the 
Chavista base. 

The second cable is:

DE RUEHCO #0408/01 1932156
O 112156Z JUL 08 ZDS

C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 02 COTONOU 000408 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 07/11/2018 
TAGS: OVIP [Visits and Travel of Prominent Individuals and Leaders], 
EAID [Foreign Economic Assistance], EAGR [Agriculture and Forestry], 
PGOV [Internal Governmental Affairs], PREL [External Political Relations], 
PINR [Intelligence], EFIN [Financial and Monetary Affairs], LY [Libya], BN [Benin] 
JULY 15-21, 2008 
     B. COTONOU 396 
     C. COTONOU 349 
     D. COTONOU 348 
     E. COTONOU 262 
     F. COTONOU 255 
COTONOU 00000408  001.4 OF 002 
Classified By: Ambassador Gayleatha B. Brown. Reasons 1.4 (b&d). 
¶1. (SBU) Summary:  Benin,s President Boni Yayi travels to 
Washington, D.C., July 15-21, 2008, primarily for talks with 
the World Bank and the IMF and to seek assistance for plans 
to energize the country,s agricultural sector and to 
follow-up on earlier requests for food aid. His request for 
meetings with USG officials is linked to several issues of 
concern, including a growing problem in the agriculture 
sector, implementation of the MCA Compact, and efforts to 
curb corruption.  Yayi also wishes an opportunity to 
demonstrate strong US/Benin ties as he continues to struggle 
at home to achieve economic growth and good governance 
objectives. A successful visit to Washington would raise his 
political capital at home where a stalemate in the National 
Assembly is blocking essential legislation and on the African 
continent where he hopes to strengthen his position as a 
regional player in the wake of hosting the 10th CEN-SAD 
Summit.  End summary. 
¶2. (U) President Boni Yayi of Benin will meet with World Bank 
and IMF officials during his July 15-21, 2008 visit to 
Washington, D.C.  In addition, he has requested appointments 
with President Bush, Secretary Rice, Director of Foreign 
Assistance Fore, Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) CEO 
Danilovich, and Peace Corps Director Tschetter.  His 
delegation includes:  Pascal Irenee Koupaki, Minister of 
State for Economic Forecasting, Development and the 
Evaluation of Public Action; Roger Dovonou, Minister of 
Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, and Fishing; and S. Lawani, 
Minister of Finance. 
¶3. (U) The strong political coalition that secured President 
Yayi,s election in March 2006 is crumbling.  Although Yayi 
won a majority of the communes in the April 2008 municipal 
elections, his desire to create a single list of candidates 
from his Force Cowry for an Emerging Benin (FCBE) movement 
drove a number of National Assembly deputies from his 
governing coalition.  Those deputies and others from 
opposition parties now hold a majority in the National 
Assembly, blocking key Government of Benin (GOB)-sponsored 
legislation.  This includes the new penal and civil codes 
that are instrumental to the implementation of USG-funded 
projects such as the Women,s Justice and Empowerment 
Initiative (WJEI). 
¶4. (U)  The anti-corruption fight also has stalled.  The GOB 
has had little success in its pursuit of high-profile 
corruption cases against alleged corrupt, former government 
officials.  For example, the Supreme Court recently ordered 
the release without bond of Sefou Fagbohoun, a powerful 
opposition party leader whose case had long lingered with no 
action.  The GOB had accused Fagbohoun of embezzlement and 
mismanagement of the privatized gas parastatal SONACOP.  He 
promptly took his place in the National Assembly, a position 
won from a jail cell and where he now has parliamentary 
immunity.  Yayi,s efforts earlier to convince the parliament 
to lift immunity in another case also failed. 
¶5. (U) In addition, President Yayi is under pressure over 
rising consumer prices.  Workers peacefully protested on July 
10 against the high cost of living related to food prices. 
To make matters worse, the GOB is running short of funds used 
to subsidize prices of key commodities to the consumers (Ref 
F).  President Yayi organized a June 24 briefing for donors 
on the problem, explaining that GOB efforts to reduce the 
prices of foodstuffs and construction materials, through 
subsidies and cuts in import duties and VAT, have cost the 
GOB FCFA 48,248,478,989 (approximately USD 114,877,331.) 
¶6.(C) To make matters worse, Libya did not keep a promise to 
provide substantial funding to help defray GOB expenses for 
the recent 10th CEN-SAD summit in Cotonou, according to 
President Yayi.  He told the Ambassador on July 3 that 
instead of the expected USD 10 million contribution from 
Libya, the GOB received only USD 3 million, most of which 
went to pay the Libyan delegation's living and lodging 
COTONOU 00000408  002.4 OF 002 
expenses (including Mr. Khadaffi's tent).  The Chief of Staff 
at the Finance Ministry confirmed that Libya's contribution 
totaled FCFA 1,255,675,958 or approximately USD 3 million. 
Moreover, to facilitate Libyan financed, private-sector 
construction of 69 luxury villas for the CEN-SAD summit, the 
GOB recouped prime land near the Cotonou airport from private 
owners and gave generous tax breaks for the project.  Yayi 
said that of the promised 69 villas, the Libyans only built 
¶40.  The Foreign Minister told the Ambassador that contrary 
to Khadaffi's wishes, Benin did not press Khadaffi's 
controversial position on African unity (Ref D) at the recent 
AU meeting in Egypt - a testimony, he said, to Benin's 
¶7. (SBU)  Per Ref A, MFA Americas Acting Director told post 
that President Yayi,s issues for discussion with USG 
officials include: 
- agricultural development; food crisis; transformation of 
the Cotton industry; OPIC 
- international cooperation: CEN-SAD, G-8 resolutions 
- climate change 
- democracy in Africa 
- MCA Compact (delays in implementation related to the Port 
of Cotonou and the Access to Justice Program, efforts to curb 
corruption and related laws, and additional funds for the 
current Compact and a Compact II) 
- recent dismissal of the Port Director that is not expected 
to derail Port reforms 
- tour d,horizon on USAID programs (health, education and 
WJEI) and 
- assistance in arranging a meeting with Bill Gates. 
World Bank/IMF:  Post expects President Yayi,s talks to 
focus on budgetary assistance, the status of Benin,s 
structural adjustment reforms and release of donors, 2008 
budget support funds. 
¶8. (SBU) Comment:  President Yayi,s visit to the United 
States presents an opportune time for USG officials to 
reiterate support for his stance against corruption and 
encourage concrete action to arrest and try corrupt 
officials.  The GOB also needs to fully engage in the 
President,s Malaria Initiative (PMI) by committing the 
requisite personnel for implementation of the program.  In 
some respects, Yayi is between a rock and a hard place. 
Crippling defections from FCBE in the National Assembly 
hamstring GOB efforts to move forward on key economic and 
social legislation, thus hampering his ambitious program for 
growth and development and ability to meet the high 
expectations for change of the electorate. 

Remember that this is US perspective on Hugo Chávez, so it’s supposed to make him look bad.

Update: Luis Tascón Met Bill Gates, Then Shot Down Free/Libre Software in Venezuela

Looking back at this Cablegate cable, we realise that Tascón did a lot more harm even to Free software.

Share this post: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages.
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us
  • Reddit
  • co.mments
  • DZone
  • email
  • Google Bookmarks
  • LinkedIn
  • NewsVine
  • Print
  • Technorati
  • TwitThis
  • Facebook

If you liked this post, consider subscribing to the RSS feed or join us now at the IRC channels.

Pages that cross-reference this one


  1. Needs Sunlight said,

    September 15, 2011 at 5:20 am


    It’s wrong to conflate the interests of the US and those of Microsoft. They are orthogonal more often than not. Every move to boost M$ hurts dozens of US interests, from citizens to medium sized companies to government agencies.

    Dr. Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    But many US companies (e.g. SMBs) do not fund election campaigns. The question is, whose interests does this government serve? Multinationals’? SMBs’? People’s?

    Needs Sunlight Reply:

    That’s going to get several levels nastier in the next major election in 2012 because corporations are now allowed to directly finance campaigns.

    Dr. Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    Free market radicalism. Milton Friedman must be smiling in his grave.

    Needs Sunlight Reply:


What Else is New

  1. Dr. Ingve Björn Stjerna Explains Why the UPC (“Unitary Patent“ System) is an Undemocratic Sham Whilst UPC Silently Advanced by Patent Lawyers and Politicians

    European patent laws are being covertly overridden so as to allow broader scope of litigation, higher financial damages, speedy injunctions, and even software patents; the European public is intentionally kept in the dark about it, hence kept unable to express scepticism or issue truly effective objections

  2. IRC Proceedings: September 13th, 2015 – October 3rd, 2015

    Many IRC logs

  3. Article Explains Why SUEPO Went Silent Well Over a Week Ago: Nobody is Allowed to Talk to Journalists Without Permission From Battistelli

    More threats from Benoît Battistelli (threats of termination and legal actions on top of it) help hide the abuses of Battistelli and his fellow thugs at the EPO

  4. A Linux World: After Billions of Dollars in Losses Microsoft Changes How It Reports Financial Results

    The abusive monopolist is trying very hard to hide its growing difficulties, especially in an effort to bamboozle non-technical shareholders who cannot understand how Linux has essentially taken over

  5. Microsoft Continues to Extort Linux and Android OEMs Using Software Patents, This Time ASUS (Forced to Pre-Install Microsoft Spyware With OOXML)

    A roundup of news illustrating that Microsoft is still very much in a total war against Android, (mis)using federal regulators and even software patents to get its way

  6. Links 4/10/2015: Linux 4.2.3 , 4.1.10; MPlayer 1.2 released

    Links for the day

  7. Links 2/10/2015: Qubes 3.0, Linux.Wifatch

    Links for the day

  8. Microsoft-Connected Firm Net Applications Used to Mislead About Vista 10 Share and Mock GNU/Linux

    People who are connected to Microsoft (some being former staff) link to a firm that is connected to Microsoft in order to create the illusion that Vista 10 market share grew to 6.63%

  9. Chairman of the Enlarged Board of Appeal (EBoA) and EPO Vice-President of DG3 Suspiciously on Unlimited Sick Leave After Benoît Battistelli's Unprecedented Attacks on Other EBoA Staff

    Rumours suggest that Benoît Battistelli's affairs at the EPO may have something to do with Wim Van der Eijk's longterm absence

  10. Microsoft's Secret Special Relationship With EPO Illustrates Serious Corruption at Microsoft and the EPO

    A big story about the EPO and Microsoft working in a sort of collusion-type setup so as to serve Microsoft's patent agenda, which involves aggression, even against European software that is Free (as in freedom)

  11. Links 1/10/2015: LFS 7.8, Calculate Linux 15 Released

    Links for the day

  12. The 'Microsoft Loves Linux' Baloney is Still Being Floated in the Media While Microsoft Attacks Linux With Patents, New Lawsuits Reported

    Despite Microsoft's continued assault on Linux and on Android (using software patents, which it still discreetly lobbies for), some figures in the media are perpetually peddling the Microsoft-serving lie that 'Microsoft loves Linux'

  13. The Microsoft Botnet Goes Bonkers and ATMs Running Windows Spew Out Cash

    The terrible security (by design) of Microsoft Windows is causing all sorts of very serious and collectively expensive issues

  14. Black Duck Continues to Pile FUD on Free/Libre Software

    Having spent nearly a decade promoting the fear of Free software licensing, Black Duck now does the same regarding Free software security

  15. Links 30/9/2015: New Kernels, Nexus Devices

    Links for the day

  16. Links 28/9/2015: Last News Catchup Before Resumption

    Links for the day

  17. Links 25/9/2015: GNU/Linux in Indian Government, NeoKylin in China

    Links for the day

  18. Süddeutsche Zeitung Explains Imminent Federal Scrutiny Against Battistelli's EPO in Germany

    The German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung reveals that actions by the German government may be imminent against the EPO's cliquish management, including its ringleader Benoît Battistelli

  19. EPO Managers, Patent Lawyers, Commissioners and Other Non-Technical Personnel Tackle Democracy, Alter Laws in Bulk and in Secret

    The reckless assault on European democracies and long-established laws across Europe are now lucidly demonstrated when it comes to patents

  20. Europe's Acceptance of and Resistance to Software Patents, Courtesy of Corporate Front Groups and Courtrooms Respectively

    A snapshot of recent developments and upcoming developments in Europe, regarding software patents in particular

  21. German Press Explains EPO Investigation Unit (I.U.), Struggles to Openly Speak to the Secretive EPO

    The secretive Investigation/Investigative Unit (I.U.) of the European Patent Office (EPO) is further studied/explored by a recent article from junge Welt, an old and well-established German newspaper (since 1947)

  22. Links 24/9/2015: GNOME 3.18, Fedora 23 Beta, New Firefox

    Links for the day

  23. Translation Needed of Article About EPO Threats Against SUEPO's Elizabeth Hardon

    A call for translation of an important article that may help shed light on the modus operandi of the Investigation/Investigative Unit of the EPO, which works with Control Risks Group (CRG), the 'British Blackwater'

  24. Media Filled With Spin and Lies Amid Microsoft's Admission of Internal Usage (and Modification) of GNU/Linux

    Further analysis of Microsoft's admission that it uses Linux internally and the media's poorly-researched response to that

  25. EPO Management Justifies Censorship (Even of Journalists) Using Its Vice-President Željko Topić

    The Topić connection to EPO-imposed and universally-induced censorship not just of news sites but also sites which speak about the censorship itself, or dare question the integrity of the EPO's management

  26. Changes at Techrights

    A few short notes on how we are going to re-align the site with disruptive trends, notably patents-related

  27. EPO President Benoît Battistelli Compared to Famous Criminals on European Television

    The Belgian TV network featured a show which was making fun of Battistelli earlier this month

  28. Dutch Politician John Kerstens Says EPO Investigative Unit is Called ‘the Gestapo’

    The infamous Investigation Unit (I.U.), which secretly bullies staff of the EPO with notorious interrogation techniques under virtually no oversight, is described on Dutch radio

  29. The European Patent Office's Autocracy Has Proven the Streisand Effect, Amplifying Its Opposition's Messages

    The management of the European Patent Office (EPO) is still trying to suppress negative messages about managerial failures, violations and abuses, thereby serving to only increase media coverage (newspapers, radio, television) of increasingly well-known and widely-covered scandals

  30. IBM is Again Attacking Free/Libre Open Source Software by Pushing for Patents on Software

    A timely reminder that Big Blue is no true friend of GNU/Linux and other Free software projects, just an opportunist that uses the Linux brand and wants to make the platform a commodity (for servers that run IBM's proprietary software and use IBM-branded hardware)


RSS 64x64RSS Feed: subscribe to the RSS feed for regular updates

Home iconSite Wiki: You can improve this site by helping the extension of the site's content

Home iconSite Home: Background about the site and some key features in the front page

Chat iconIRC Channel: Come and chat with us in real time


Recent Posts