"To Be Partly Controlled by the CIA? That Doesn't Bother Me Much." -- Interview With Two Activists of the OTPOR Student Movement (Gerard Mugemangango & Michel Collon), by International Action Center
Now we come to our crucial question. You expect that the United States will aid your country. But it played a big role in breaking it up. Is it true that Otpor, or in any case its leaders, are paid by the CIA through the front organization called the National Endowment for Democracy?
Apparently our question upset them. "I know," he ended up saying, "that the CIA is involved in this whole story. They have their work to do and they are stronger than our own secret services."
“Listen to me. I am also against the USA, but we can’t resist them, and they have to do their job, while for me, well it doesn’t bother me that much to be partly controlled by the CIA.”
Why did the CIA train Otpor activists for 10 days? Why did the CIA devote so much money to take control of Otpor and the other opposition movements? Because in reality, in the rank-and-file of these movements, you can find a good number of honest people. They have many complaints with regard to Milosevic and the parties in power, but they remain partisans of the independence of Yugoslavia and don’t want their country to become a colony.
To lead these people where they don’t want to go demands a sophisticated strategy of manipulation. In the summer of 1999, the head of the CIA, George Tenet, set up shop in Sofia, Bulgaria to “educate” the Serb opposition. Last Aug. 28, the BBC confirmed that a special 10-day class had been given to the Otpor militants, also in Sofia.
The CIA program is a program in successive phases. Early on, they flatter the Serb’s patriotism and spirit of independence, acting as if they respect these qualities. But after having sown confusion and broken the unity of the country, the CIA and NATO would go much further.