WikiLeaks cables released on June 9 shed new light on the United States' role in the Bagua Massacre in Peru on June 5, 2009. The cables suggest then-US ambassador Michael McKinley may have encouraged the Peruvian government to use force against protesters in an operation that cost 10 protesters and 24 police officers their lives.
While WikiLeaks has had an extensive political impact upon the Middle East, the whistle-blowing group now stands to exert an influence on South America as well. Specifically, declassified US state department cables could shake things up in politically volatile Peru, a country which is fast approaching the second and final round of its presidential election on June 5.
Wikileaks has given 4,000 pages of U.S. embassy cables to leading Peruvian newspaper El Comercio. The material consists of communications between the U.S. government and the U.S. embassy in Lima between 2006 and 2010. It reportedly contains information about the political and economic situations as well as the fight against drug trafficking.