In an article published Sept. 9, 2009, the Miami Herald revealed proof of the relationship between the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and Vladimiro Montesinos, former presidential advisor to Peru’s Alberto Fujimori from 1990 to 2000.
The newspaper says that CIA officer Franz Boening filed an internal whistleblower complaint on May 10, 2001 that the agency’s relationship with the Peruvian advisor might be breaking U.S. laws. “Montesinos almost certainly used CIA tools and bureaucratic support to facilitate his crimes,” Boening said in the complaint.
But the CIA classified this complaint soon after, marking it ‘secret.’ Boening told the Miami Herald that this was done since “it did not want to be publicly embarrassed.” After a long lawsuit by Boening, insisting that this was a breach of his first amendment rights, the agency declassified the complaint in February 2009.
Montesinos has faced numerous trials in Peru to date, including for drug trafficking and corruption of elected officials, and is currently serving prison sentences in Peru’s Callao naval base. He was considered a key witness in the human rights trial of former president Fujimori, but his testimony was ultimately disqualified since he refused to finish it, invoking his right to remain silent. There are many speculations on whether Fujimori and Montesinos are still accomplices.
“CIA’s possible violations were the unfortunate by-product of CIA’s conscious policy not to act on clear indicators of Montesinos’ criminal activity,” said Boening’s complaint. “In effect, during the 1990s CIA pursued a type of separate foreign policy vis-a-vis Peru. It worked with, supported [and] apologized for [Montesinos].”