Kirgisistans avsatte president Askar Akajev sa i et eksklusivt intervju med BBC idag at han før uroen begynte, så et brev undertegnet av den amerikanske ambassadøren der planene om et kupp var skissert opp.
Så viser det seg at flere vestlige land, blant dem Norge, Storbritannia og Nederland, i tillegg til USA, var med å finansiere og bistå opposisjonen i Kirigisistan. Men brevet Akajev snakker om er en dårlig forfalskning.
Det USA gjorde var å finansiere sentra hvor vanlige mennesker kunne bruke internett f.eks. De bidro også til at det utkom aviser som ikke var bare mikrofonstativ for myndighetene.
In addition to the United States, several European countries – Britain, the Netherlands and Norway among them – have helped underwrite programs to develop democracy and civil society in this country. The effort played a crucial role in preparing the ground for the popular uprising that swept opposition politicians to power.
«Of course, this infrastructure had an influence,» said one European election observer. «People now believe they have rights, and they were not scared because the repressive capacity of the system was weak.»
«It would have been absolutely impossible for this to have happened without that help,» said Edil Baisolov, who leads a coalition of nongovernmental organizations, referring to the uprising last week. Mr. Baisolov’s organization is financed by the United States government through the National Democratic Institute.
American money helps finance civil society centers around the country where activists and citizens can meet, receive training, read independent newspapers and even watch CNN or surf the Internet in some. The N.D.I. alone operates 20 centers that provide news summaries in Russian, Kyrgyz and Uzbek.