By Jesús Sánchez-Cañete

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A popular quiz show on Dutch television hit the nail regarding the possible tentacles of Bolivian drug traffickers on the Spanish government. The question on “Who wants to be a millionaire?” is not so innocent when it places Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias Turrión as one of four options for participants to identify a major drug trafficker.

The other options were singer Luis Rodríguez López-Cepero known as Luis Fonsi; former Colombian president and Nobel Peace Prize winner Juan Manuel Santos; and Joaquín Guzmán Loera, the famous “Chapo” Guzmán, as described by the Spanish publication OK Diario.

What cannot be taken as a joke are the serious accusations made by former Bolivian president and delegate to the international community of the interim government of Bolivia, Jorge Quiroga, who has divulged names and surnames members of Podemos who allegedly received money from populism and narco-dictatorships.

According to Quiroga, Podemos’ initial leaders, Carolina Bescansa, assigned to Nicaragua; Juan Carlos Monedero to Venezuela, and Íñigo Errejón to Bolivia, accepted “stolen” funds from Bolivia and Venezuela to expand communism in Spain and other countries. Quiroga has directly blamed Spain’s acting president, Pedro Sanchez, for the attempt to remove two former Evo Morales cabinet ministers from the Mexican embassy in Bolivia to stop the disclosure of information, which could affect Sanchez’s inauguration agreements.

On the other hand, the former Bolivian president attributed a recent incident at the Mexican embassy in La Paz to Spain sending four “rambitos” to rescue former ministers Juan Ramón Quintana and Héctor Arce.

“It’s very sad that Pedro Sánchez is carrying out operations with rambos to extract criminals, white criminals and frauds who are familiar with the Castro and Chavist projects” he said. Quiroga added that these hooded men, far from being diplomats, belonged to the Spanish special operations unit that arrived armed at the Mexican diplomatic headquarters in Bolivia.

“These four false James Bond arrived on Dec. 20th and came with the aim of extracting criminals and delinquents,” he denounced.

Bolivia ordered the expulsion of the six Spanish officials involved in that incident. Meanwhile, the Spanish government denied that the visit had been intended to facilitate the departure of asylum seekers.

Spain’s image does not look good with these Bolivian government’s explosive accusations, which will be a major challenge in repairing relations with the Andean country in 2020 after the departure of leftist Evo Morales as head of state.

How will having communists in government affect relations between Spain and the United States and the joint bases in the nation’s territory?

We cannot help but wonder why the vast majority of the Spanish press does not pay enough attention to these sort of news.


Political Hispanic is not responsible for the content of opinion articles, each author being responsible for their own creations. Translated by Political Hispanic.

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