"He said that he was going to give me a 'scaled-down' version of the normal briefing given to U.S. embassy employees," says van Schaick. According to the scholar, [Vincent Cooper] explained that although Fulbright participants are not U.S. government employees, the embassy likes to keep them "under its wing."The Fulbright/Peace Corps incidents brought die tension level neck-high. Within 48 hours of the story's release, Bolivian President Evo Morales had declared Cooper an "undesirable," and the United States had called Cooper back to Washington for an internal investigation. The Bolivian government then launched a criminal investigation into the incidents-marking the first time in Bolivian history that the government has brought criminal charges against a U.S. embassy official."In Bolivia, USAID-OTI has focused its efforts on the separatist movements in regions rich in natural resources, such as Santa Cruz and Cochabamba," wrote Eva Golinger, a Venezuelan-American attorney, in "Washington's Silent War on Venezuela and Bolivia," a September 2007 article in Green Left Weekly. "The majority of the $13.3 million has been given to organizations and programs working toward 'reinforcing regional governments,' with the intention of weakening the Morales government."