Today, one of the members of OkDiario, Alejandro Entrambasaguas, sent to the editorial office of La Última Hora a request for rectification of a news item published last May 27. This piece of news was entitled: "Former Bolivian minister arrested in the US and far right fake news portal Okdiario's journalist Entrambasaguas: 'Flesh and bone"", on the voluntary testimony that a source of the Bolivian police sent to this newspaper.
In the news item, the source confirmed the close relationship between the former minister and coup plotter, Arturo Murillo - recently detained in the U.S. on charges of bribery and conspiracy to launder money - and journalist Alejandro Entrambasaguas. The article contains an unpublished photo of both men sent by the source.
It is striking to this media outlet that this journalist has never previously asked us for a correction of the news published about his professional malpractice or his activities in Bolivia. Definitely this request has made us suspect that perhaps we have touched a nerve.
We are suspicious that this particular piece of news is of concern to Entrembasaguas because there is an actual open procedure in the United States against Arturo Murillo, in which the journalist could be summoned to testify as a defendant or to clarify aspects of the investigation.
As our source, like all the sources we consult, is reliable and solid, not only will we not rectify the information, but we are putting all the material provided by it at the service of the U.S. justice system.
Former Bolivian minister arrested in the US and far right fake news portal Okdiario's journalist Entrambasaguas: 'Flesh and bone'
Arturo Murillo, former minister of the Bolivian coup government of Jeanine Áñez, and his former chief of staff, Sergio Méndez, have been arrested along with other three American citizens in US soil. They have been accused of bribery and conspiracy to launder money as part of a criminal plot, according to the US Department of Justice.
During his time as a minister in the coup government of Áñez, Murillo was close to the far right Spanish party Vox and the digital newspaper 'OKdiario', directed by Eduardo Inda and known for its fake news. Bolivian police sources have confirmed to LÚH the close friendship between Murillo and the Spanish journalist. This friendly relationship is even immortalized in a photo to which this media has had exclusive access.
"Everyone in Bolivia knows that Entrambasaguas was handsomely heavily paid by Murillo" assures LÚH's source. "Once he was caught with $20,000 in his backpack at Viru Viru Airport. The boy went into a rage because he said he had brought that money from Spain... but it was false. He called Murillo and Marcel Rivas (Bolivian director of Migration) and it was solved. The policemen had to humiliate themselves by asking for his forgiveness".
On the eve of last October's presidential elections in Bolivia, Murillo led the coup government's harassment of international observers, as denounced by several delegations. These harrased delegations included the Spanish ones conformed by Gerardo Pisarello and Lucía Muñoz Dalda -from Spanish party Podemos- and Fran Pérez Esteban and Maite Mola -from Spanish party Izquierda Unida-.
Murillo went so far as to state in his personal Twitter profile: "our elections will be a democratic celebration, the more observers there are, the better for everyone. We warn agitators and people who seek to generate violence, they are not welcome. We put them on a plane or behind bars. Behave yourselves, we know who you are and where you are."
"They are preparing a scenario to generate conflict in the streets if the result on Sunday is not the one they want. They are targeting international observers, accusing us of the hypothetical fraudulent electoral result and of having come to Bolivia to provoke", explained at the time Pisarello, deputy of Unidas Podemos and first secretary of the Spanish Parliament, to LÚH from Bolivia.
"In our case (referring to the threats received by the delegations), there is the aggravating circumstance that, according to several messages that have reached us, this is closely linked to Vox. This would also be the reason 'OKdiario' is having access to images of the Police, that otherwise would be impossible", added the Spanish representative.
According to LÚH's source Entrambasaguas and Murillo "ate together three or four times a week in the restaurant of the Ritz Hotel in La Paz or in the house of the minister himself, in the exclusive Torre Girasoles, also in La Paz". It also assured: "Colonel Iván Rojas, director of the FELCC (the police) and Colonel Jaime Prieto, national director of Intelligence also attended these meals".