During Saturday’s raid against the FARC in Ecuador, the Colombian army seized three computers loaded with incriminating information against Hugo Chavez of Venezuela and Rafael Correa of Ecuador. The computers belonged to Raul Reyes, the FARC’s #2 man.
The Colombian Government’s Official Website (in Spanish) details the findings:
- The Venezuelan government paid $300 million to the FARC on February 14 this year.
- Venezuela had agreed to ship old rifles to the FARC during that same meeting.
- The computer files show the acquisition and sale of 50 kilograms of uranium. The Colombian government has created a task force to locate this uranium.
- The information in the computers reconfirm the FARC’s ties to the drug trade.
Other docoments show that Raul Reyes had met with Ecuador’s minister of internal security and that they discussed Mr Correa’s “interest in making official relations with the Farc”.
Colombian President Alvaro Uribe issued a communique to the press stating, “The revelations about agreements between the terrorist group FARC and the governments of Ecuador and Venezuela will be submitted to the Organization of American States and the United Nations.”
Let’s not mince words here: Colombia is sandwiched between two countries who are aiding and abetting the forces that have waged a four-decade long war against its citizenry.
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This war has been financed through the drug trade, and through hostage taking. The hostages live in worse conditions than slaves lived under during the Spanish rule.
The information on the uranium purchase, however, brings a different context to this war:
“When they mention negotiations for 50 kilos of uranium, this means that the Farc are taking big steps in the world of terrorism to become a global aggressor. We’re not talking of domestic guerrilla but transnational terrorism,” said Colombian national police chief Oscar Naranjo at a news conference in Bogota.
Correa and Chavez have mobilized troops to the Colombian border, and now Correa is trying to create a distraction by focusing attention on Ingrid Betancourt, the FARC’s most famous hostage. At CNN, Ecuador: Colombian raid prevented release of captives
“I can tell you we were involved in very close conversations with the guerrillas, and we were very close to gaining the release of 12 captives, one of them Ingrid Betancourt,” Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa told reporters.
Correa is using Ingrid Betancourt, FARC’s most famous hostage, as a distraction from the facts that the new evidence shows him and Chavez in cohoots with the FARC, and from the importance of the new evidence unearthed by the raid.
Colombia’s President Alvaro Uribe said he’ll seek charges at an international tribunal against Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez for sponsoring terrorism.
“I’ll present to the International Criminal Court charges against Hugo Chavez for financing and sponsoring genocide,” said Uribe, on Caracol Radio, after a meeting with a former rebel-held hostage in Bogota.