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The extent to which American policymakers are willing to go in order to achieve their trade goals was recently released in Wikileaks cables from the U.S. embassy in Costa Rica.
The cables reveal that the U.S. participated in the training of Costa Rican police forces ahead of anti-free trade protests opposing the Central American Free Trade Agreement.
According to the documents, the U.S. provided police training, rented 10 buses, and transported the officers to the site of the protest in February 2007.
The funds were taken from money used to combat drug trafficking in the country.
"The police may require the rapid mobilization of resources to potential points for blocking traffic and protesting hotspots across the capital. Therefore, the Ministry of Public Security asked the Embassy to rent buses for use by the Police, using funds available from those used to combat drug trafficking. The Embassy will provide ten buses for February 26 alone," said Charge d'Affaires of the Embassy, Russell Frisbie.
It was even revealed that U.S. diplomats directly participated in the “pre-protests planning strategy.”