By Glenn Greenwald
Evo Morales interview (English subtitles)
On December 3, The Intercept co-founding editor Glenn Greenwald sat down with Bolivia’s former President Evo Morales for an hour-long, wide-ranging interview. As Morales said during the interview (and after announcing his resignation), he considers the events leading up to his exile a right-wing military coup orchestrated by “the Bolivian oligarchy, and some of the members of the armed forces and the police” –– and an “external conspiracy.”
“I’m convinced that it’s a lithium coup d’état, and then a coup against Evo and all our economic policies,” said Morales during the exclusive interview.
The video published on The Intercept (with English subtitles) and The Intercept Brasil (with Portuguese subtitles) offers a detailed account of the last hours before Morales’s Presidential plane left Bolivia to Mexico, addresses the use of violence by the “interim” government against indigenous protesters, and provides an analysis of his administration’s deals with China to sell lithium, which, according to Morales, was a key factor in the U.S. support for the coup.
“My crime, my sin, is to be an Indian,” said Morales. “And to have nationalized our natural resources, removed the transnational corporations out of the hydrocarbon sector and out of mining. But also the fact that I reduced extreme poverty with social programs.”
Morales expanded on the connections between his plans for lithium and the coup: “This energy sector is so important for Bolivia because we have the opportunity to set the price for lithium for the whole world, but in collaboration with Europe, China, Asia.” He continues: “We are now exporting potassium chloride and next year, we were going to begin processing lithium carbonate to produce 350 tons a year. We have pilot projects for this type of energy, which is the future of the world, and the United States is left out.”
Morales also had some tough words for interim President Jeanine Añez Chávez: “It’s public knowledge that her party only represented 4 percent and that she is a racist. The best proof of how she participated in the coup d’état is the plan that they have now to return one of the military bases to the United States. But the people are going to resist. They’re going to push back against the DEA [Drug Enforcement Administration] and the CIA.”
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About Glenn Greenwald:
Glenn Greenwald is one of three co-founding editors of The Intercept. He is a journalist, constitutional lawyer, and author of four New York Times best-selling books on politics and law. His most recent book, “No Place to Hide,” is about the U.S. surveillance state and his experiences reporting on the Snowden documents around the world. Prior to co-founding The Intercept, Glenn’s column was featured in the Guardian and Salon. He was the debut winner, along with Amy Goodman, of the Park Center I.F. Stone Award for Independent Journalism in 2008, and also received the 2010 Online Journalism Award for his investigative work on the abusive detention conditions of Chelsea Manning.
For his 2013 NSA reporting, he received the George Polk Award for National Security Reporting; the Gannett Foundation Award for investigative journalism and the Gannett Foundation Watchdog Journalism Award; the Esso Premio for Excellence in Investigative Reporting in Brazil (he was the first non-Brazilian to win), and the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Pioneer Award. Along with Laura Poitras, Foreign Policy magazine named him one of the top 100 Global Thinkers for 2013. The NSA reporting he led for the Guardian was awarded the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for public service.