Last Thursday, Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Arturo Valenzuela was in Panama and talked with - or better said to - Martinelli for three hours. And not about the raining season. According to Monica Palm, the meeting served to explain Martinelli that they're not happy at all up north with his attacks on civil society, hollowing out the State of Law and leaving national security matters to the Israelis. Also present: Vice-president Juan Carlos Varela. He didn't really get the message - seco, you know - and it had to be repeated to him that same night during a reception at the ambassador's residence.
Yesterday the seco king traveled to Washington hurriedly for a series of meetings with high-up people in the Obama administration, probably to be read the script again and in more detail.
And Mentirelli? He invited Magaly Castillo and Barbie Maytin for a meeting with open agenda. Then at the same time his people beat up a press photographer. These extreme right-wingers just can't help themselves.