LA PAZ – A spokesman for Bolivian President Evo Morales denied stories about a tumor in the leader’s nose, as related in one of the U.S. diplomatic cables divulged by WikiLeaks.
In a statement on radio Erbol, Ivan Canelas denied that Morales had such a tumor or that it was the reason he had his nose operated in February 2009.
“In no way did he have a tumor,” the spokesman said. “The president had surgery done on his nose for a problem of the nasal septum that gave him the sniffles – it was performed by Cuban doctors using very modern technology. That’s why he was operated.”
According to a diplomatic cable published Tuesday by WikiLeaks, Brazilian Defense Minister Nelson Jobim communicated to then-U.S. Ambassador Clifford Sobel that Morales was suffering from “a serious tumor.”
“The defense minister confirmed a rumor that Morales was suffering from a serious tumor,” the diplomat reported to Washington in a message dated Jan. 22, 2009.
Canelas said Monday that United States espionage revealed by WikiLeaks “is not news,” and that it confirmed what he described as Washington’s “shameless meddling” through its embassies. EFE