Fed up with US support for people and groups working to violently overthrow it, the Morales government declared US ambassador Philip Goldberg persona non grata on September 10, 2008, and expelled him. USAID’s lack of transparency regarding whom it was funding in Bolivia had contributed to the breakdown in relations; Bolivian officials had repeatedly requested the information, to no avail. Cables from 2007 describe the anger of the minister of the presidency, Juan Ramón Quintana, at the secretive nature of USAID’s programs [07LAPAZ2387]. US researchers also sought the release of USAID and related documents; by the time of the September 2008 events, three-and-a-half-year-old Freedom of Information Act requests remained unanswered. The US continued to send hundreds of millions of dollars to unnamed recipients in Bolivia via USAID after 2009. Ultimately, in 2013, Bolivia expelled USAID as well.
 See Richard Lapper and Hal Weitzman, “Morales Poised for Win in Bolivia,” Financial Times, December 19, 2005.
 US Department of State, “Bolivia (06/05)” (background note), June 2005, at state.gov.
 See Mark Weisbrot, “Bolivia’s Economy: The First Year,” Center for Economic and Policy Research, January 2007, at cepr.net.
 See also [08LAPAZ1426].
 Mark Weisbrot and Luis Sandoval, “The Distribution of Bolivia’s Most Important Natural Resources and the Autonomy Conflicts,” Center for Economic and Policy Research, July 2008, at cepr.net.
 USAID, “USAID/OTI Bolivia Field Report Jan.–Mar. 2007,” archived at web.archive.org.
 See, for example, Eduardo Garcia, “Foes of Morales Stage General Strike in Bolivia,” Reuters, August 19, 2008; Franz Chávez, “Bolivia: Divisions Emerge in Opposition Strategy,” Inter Press Service, September 4, 2008, at ipsnews.net; Dan Beeton, “The Fun House Mirror: Distortions and Omissions in the News on Bolivia,” NACLA Report on the Americas, May 4, 2009, at nacla.org.
 Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN), the ranking minority member of the Foreign Relations Committee at the time, would subsequently issue a statement acknowledging that the US had made a mistake in not condemning the violence. See Beeton, “Fun House Mirror.”
 See Franz Chávez, “BOLIVIA: Governor Arrested for ‘Porvenir Massacre,’” Inter Press Service, September 16, 2008, at www.ipsnews.net.
 See also [08LAPAZ2000], which states: “There is increasing chatter about threats to President Evo Morales. EAC will form a working group to review consequences should Morales be removed from power either by assassination or coup.”
 Jake Johnston, “Bolivia Expels USAID: Not Why, but Why Not Sooner,” Americas Blog (CEPR), May 1, 2013, at cepr.net.