The Ex-Convict Aiming to Take Power in Haiti


José de Córdoba and Kejal Vyas

In 2004, Guy Philippe raced to Haiti’s presidential palace in Port-au-Prince at the head of a column of several hundred armed rebels intent on taking power from the collapsing government of Jean-Bertrand Aristide.

At the gates to the ornate building, Philippe and his fighters ran into Luis Moreno, the U.S. Embassy’s deputy chief of mission at the time, who was backed by a security detail of a half dozen men toting shotguns.

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