Local - 2 September 2011, 8:53 AM
Leaked cable: Dominican leader feared the generals
Feared and veneered....
Santo Domingo.- President Leonel Fernandez had been threatened by military leaders, including an attack against him, after retiring 99 generals by decree in the first month of his second term in office, 2004-2008.
In the U.S. Embassy classified cable of October 28, 2004, part of the group provided to News source SIN by WikiLeaks, Fernandez told then ambassador Hans Hertell, after the diplomat referred in a conversation on corruption "the well-known practice of the military keeping 10% or more of the contracts," that it was a situation "beyond my (Fernandez) capacity to intervene."
"If a Latin American president seriously interferes with that type topic of the military, he risks their attempt against his life,” Fernandez said, according to the cable.
Fernandez said that his decree, which sent 99 generals to retirement in the first month of his administration, had already brought him problems. Their intelligence services informed him on threats of an assassination," the document says.
According to the cable, the chief executive told Hertell, that thought that the violence that was occurring at that time was due partly "to the agitation on the part of forces which are hostile toward him."