Taipei Tried to Manipulate 2006 Nicaragua Election
The Taipei Times reports that Taiwan wanted the US to help them manipulate the 2006 presidetial election in Nicaragua. The information is based on a cable leaked by Wikileaks. The concern was that an Ortega goverment would shift diplomatic relations from Taiwan to China. What is interesting is that Nicaragua is one of the few nations in the world who maintains diplomatic relations with Taiwan. (You have to pick—:China will not open diplomatic relations with a country who officially recognizes Taiwan.)
The information is not really a surprise. It is mostly interesting that thanks to Wikileaks, we found out about it now rather than 20 years from now.
In July, Ko Jai-son (柯吉生), then director-general of Central and South American Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, requested a meeting with the AIT on July 19, urging the US to encourage anti-Sandinista candidates to cooperate and field a single candidate against Ortega.