Media in the Republic of Panama are reporting that a twitter account known as LATAM for TRUMP has accused the country's former president, Juan Carlos Varela, of conducting an electronic espionage operation upon the US Embassy. A Moroccan national named Mohammed is alleged to have directed the illegal surveillance program, and the Attorney General, Kenia Porcell, is also said to be involved.
Former Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli is currently standing trial on espionage charges, for illegally conducting audio and video surveillance of prominent Panamanians during his term in office. Was Varela, who served as Vice President during this period, actually in charge of the illegal program ? His level of involvement is the issue, and if so, was Martinelli not directing the program ?
While we must stress that this information is unverified, the significance of the disclosures, if true, cannot be underestimated. Classified messages from President Donald Trump to the US Ambassador are alleged to have been intercepted and read, and reports of covert operations in Latin America may have been intercepted.