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Tuesday, May 26, 1998
NYT reports CIA conspired to topple Sukarno in Indonesia
PRESS TRUST OF INDIA
WASHINGTON, MAY 25: The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) had planned a bizarre scheme to bring down Indonesia's first president Sukarno by portraying him in a pornographic film in the late 1950s, the New York Times has claimed.``In the late 1950s, it put together a mildly pornographic film starring a lookalike for President Sukarno, caught in bed with a blonde playing a soviet agent,'' the newspaper said on Sunday, adding ``the humiliation was supposed to drive Indonesia's first President from office''.The scheme, however, did not succeed, it said.For the ouster of Sukarno's successor Suharto, the report gave credit to the economists at the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
IMF's 43-billion-dollar bail-out package for Indonesia included conditionalities demanding the President break up his family's vast empire of hotels, toll roads and cartels.``Suharto chose to protect his family even if it impeded national recovery. But then, he also hiked the price of fuel so he could keep his budget deficit within IMFguidelines. The result was an anti-Suharto rebellion that left 500 dead and forced him to resign,'' the report said.``There may be no more vivid example of the power of what has come to be known as economic diplomacy,'' it added.
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