Left-leaning labor union wants to see U.S. cables

Left-wing labor leaders say they are anxiously awaiting release of U.S. diplomatic cables that were sent to and from San José at the time the free trade treaty with the United States was being considered.

The Asociación Nacional de Empleados Públicos y Privados posted that on its Web site as a policy statement. The union represents many public employees.

“Perhaps we can see the orders that the then-president of Costa Rica received,” said the union, speaking of Óscar Arias Sánchez. The statement, written by José Calvo, also said that union leaders hope to see from where the money came to support the treaty proponents.

The statement shows that passage of the free trade treaty in a public vote Oct. 7, 2007, still grates on opponents.

The union leaders may be disappointed. Wikileaks reported it has about 760 cables that originated from the U.S. Embassy in San José. Only a few are marked secret. The organization has released just 1,344 of the estimated 251,000 cables it holds. None of the released cables originated in Costa Rica.

Says the organization: “The cables show the extent of U.S. spying on its allies and the U.N.; turning a blind eye to corruption and human rights abuse in ‘client states’; backroom deals with supposedly neutral countries; lobbying for U.S. corporations; and the measures U.S. diplomats take to advance those who have access to them.”

Meanwhile, Julian Assange, leader of the Wikileaks operation, remains jailed in England on sex crime allegations involving acts that took place in Sweden.

Some U.S. politicians have called for his indictment on treason charges and even his summary execution.

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