- WASHINGTON - A Newseek magazine report says U.S. President Bill Clinton
has approved a top-secret plan to destabilize Yugoslav leader Slobodan
- Washington is planning to use computer
hackers to attack his foreign bank accounts as part of a sabotage campaign
to erode public support for Milosevic.
- According to the report, the U.S. Central
Intelligence Agency would train ethnic Albanian rebels in Kosovo in the
art of sabotage to tap into Milosevic accounts and cut off telephone lines.
- The latest news comes as the NATO air
war against Yugoslavia enters its third month. As bombing continues, the
alliance is admitting that Belgrade, far from withdrawing forces from Kosovo
as the West has demanded, is sending in fresh troops.
- Although U.S. and NATO leaders say the
campaign is wearing down Milosevic, the alliance continues to be divided
over whether to send in ground forces to finish the job.
- NATO ambassadors will meet this week
to talk about nearly doubling the number of troops in the Balkans. The
British government says the alliance is considering putting 40,000 to
50,000 troops on standby. They would be sent on a peacekeeping mission
to help refugees return home once the war has ended.
- "We need to be ready to go in and
take the refuges home as soon as the military tell us it is appropriate
and safe to do so," says British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook.
- But Yugoslavia rejected the idea again
Sunday, saying it will accept only a UN peacekeeping force.
- The latest plan comes from Washington.
Clinton wants to add to the ground troops already in Macedonia, increasing
their number to 50,000. But sending in ground troops is proving to be
a hard sell in Washington. The Republicans say they do not support the
idea. So on Sunday, Clinton wrote an opinion piece in the New York Times
defending a NATO-led peacekeeping force.
- Taking advantage of better weather, NATO
warplanes struck hard at Yugoslav power plants over the weekend. Belgrade
was plunged into darkness, and millions of people are trying to cope without
heat and electricity in Serbia.