|Published:||Jan 17, 2011 9:49 PM EST|
|Updated:||Jan 17, 2011 6:49 PM EST|
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) - A leaked U.S. diplomatic cable says Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom described Nobel Peace Prize laureate Rigoberta Menchu as a "fabrication" of a French anthropologist.
The July 2008 cable released by WikiLeaks says Colom told U.S. officials Menchu is "widely disliked by Guatemalan indigenous people."
Colom also supposedly said she was partly responsible for inciting indigenous resistance to construction of a cement factory.
Menchu became an influential human rights advocate after the 1983 publication of "I, Rigoberta Menchu," written by French anthropologist Elizabeth Burgos.
Colom's spokesman Renaldo Robles said Monday the cable is full of "subjective opinions" and "the government reiterates its respect for Dr. Menchu."
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