Sunday, November 28, 2010
Wikileaks cable shows Obama knew Honduras coup was illegal but supported it anyway
by Larry Geller
The Wikileaks dump has already yielded some interesting reading. This cable shows that the White House knew that the coup in Honduras was illegal. Of course, Obama supported the coup.
Did we expect Obama to act differently from his predecessors? Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose.
Summary: Post has attempted to clarify some of the legal and constitutional issues surrounding the June 28 forced removal of President Manuel "Mel" Zelaya. The Embassy perspective is that there is no doubt that the military, Supreme Court and National Congress conspired on June 28 in what constituted an illegal and unconstitutional coup against the Executive Branch, while accepting that there may be a prima facie case that Zelaya may have committed illegalities and may have even violated the constitution. There is equally no doubt from our perspective that Roberto Micheletti's assumption of power was illegitimate. Nevertheless, it is also evident that the constitution itself may be deficient in terms of providing clear procedures for dealing with alleged illegal acts by the President and resolving conflicts between the branches of government. End summary.