WMR has learned from its sources in Honduras that Honduran army troops were under orders to assassinate the exiled legitimate President of Honduras Manuel Zelaya and Miguel d"Escoto, the President of the UN General Assembly, if their plane managed to land at Tegucigalpa airport. However, Honduran troops loyal to the junta that has taken over the country with the support of U.S. Southern Command (USOUTHCOM) personnel on permanent duty at the U.S. Embassy in Tegucigalpa and the Soto Cano airbase, which is Washington's largest military base in Central America, blocked the airport runway with trucks preventing the landing of the airplane carrying Zelaya and d"Escoto.
Zelaya's and d"Escoto's plane was diverted to Nicaragua but the Obama administration, which WMR has previously reported supported the military coup against Zelaya via the Pentagon, USSOUTHCOM, and U.S. ambassador to Honduras Hugo Llorens, ordered Zelaya to return to Washington to enter into "negotiations" with the Organization of American States (OAS). Llorens is a career diplomat but is also a Cuban-American activist who has been linked to right-wing Cuban exile groups in Florida and the CIA.
WMR has also been informed by our Honduran sources that the Honduran military, with the knowledge of U.S. military and Israeli security advisers, planned to assassinate three Latin American presidents traveling with Zelaya and d:Escoto to Tegucigalpa in a show of support for Zelaya. The three Latin American presidents targeted for assassination at Tegucigalpa airport by the Honduran fascist junta and its American and Israeli advisers were Argentina's Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, Ecuador's President Rafael Correa, and Paraguay's Fernando Lugo. The plane carrying the three presidents was diverted to El Salvador after the threat was received from the Honduran junta.
Pope Benedict XVI was also personally supportive of the Roman Catholic top hierarchy in Honduras supporting the coup and the military junta, according to our sources in Honduras. Paraguay's President Lugo, a former renegade Catholic "liberation theology" bishop, was a favored assassination "target of opportunity" for the Pope and his Honduran top prelates had his plane touched down in Tegucigalpa. An overwhelming majority of Honduras's priests and nuns have rejected the support of the Pope and Honduran Cardinal Oscar Andres Rodriguez for the junta and are supporting the popular uprising against the junta. Many Zelaya supporters, awaiting the arrival of Zelaya, were shot and killed by Honduran troops at Tegucigalpa airport.