Monday, December 20, 2010

Eritrea: President Fears U.S. Plans to Kill Him - Cable

Rumsfeld Isaias Afewerki

Addis Ababa — Eritrean President Isaias Afewerki suspects the United States has plans to assassinate him by bombing his residence, according to leaked secret American diplomatic cables.
The Cable from the US embassy in Eritrea released on December 15 on WikiLeaks, quoted US ambassador to Eritrea, Ronald McMullen also as saying that Isaias also believed Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi has attempted to have him killed over a decade ago.


The Eritrean president was nearly assassinated while returning to Asmara after a family holiday in Kenya, 14 years ago

"Isaias thinks the United States will attempt to kill him by missile strike on his residence in the city of Massawa," the cable said, quoting a U.N. official.
"He is paranoid and believes Ethiopian PM Meles tried to kill him and that the United States will attempt to assassinate him," McMullen wrote to his superiors in Washington on November 5, last year.
The cables reveal an incident in 1996 when Ethiopia's Meles Zenawi offered one of his helicopters to fly President Afeworki to Asmara.  .View original article here

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