Skip to comments.Colombia: Chavez, rebels in 'armed alliance' - $300 million Venezuelan payoff to rebels alleged
Posted on 03/03/2008 2:16:09 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
BOGOTA, Colombia - Colombias police chief on Monday said documents found on a slain rebels laptop computer suggest Venezuela recently paid $300 million to Colombias largest guerrilla group, perhaps in exchange for the release of six hostages.
Other documents show the rebels had appeared interested in buying uranium, Gen. Oscar Naranjo said at an explosive news conference where he lashed out at Venezuela and Ecuador for the financial and political support they have provided to Colombias leftist rebels.
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. Were not talking of domestic guerrilla but transnational terrorism, said Naranjo, without giving more details.
Naranjo said the $300 million was mentioned in a Feb. 14 message in the laptop of Raul Reyes, who was killed Saturday in a Colombian military attack just across the border at a rebel camp in Ecuador. Colombia was investigating to determine if the money was intended as payment for Chavez brokering the rebels recent release of hostages, he said.
Naranjo said other documents suggest Ecuadors president is deepening relations with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia as well a claim Ecuador denied and that Manuel Sureshot Marulanda, the top FARC leader, is closely allied with the Venezuelan government.
This implies more than cozying up, but an armed alliance between the FARC and the Venezuelan government, he said.
Did Chavez get FARC money earlier?
Another document in Reyes laptop suggests that rebels have had financial ties with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez since 1992.
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“”Colombia was investigating to determine if the money was intended as payment for Chavez brokering the rebels recent release of hostages, he said.””
Stupid. The money was intended as payment for keeping up attacks on Colombia.
Or is that just impolitic to say?
Nice going Hugo. Isn’t it time Venezuela took care of there little Hugo problem.
$300 million Venezuelan payoff to rebels allegedHAHAHAHAHA! The jokes on them. Those dollars are almost worthless.
What’s important is what Jimmy Carter thinks about this. (sarcasm)
Egads. This is the first I've read about the uranium. I'm sure something is going on with Iran over this, btw. That is, I think Ahmadinejad is the one who's behind this move of Chavez',
Colombia: Evidence suggests Chavez gave FARC $300M
CNN ^ | March 3, 2008 | AP via CNN
Posted on 03/03/2008 3:37:11 PM PST by Islander7
(CNN) — Evidence found in computers seized in a raid over the weekend suggests that Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez recently gave the leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia $300 million, Colombia’s national police chief said Monday.
Speaking at a news conference, Gen. Oscar Naranjo also said evidence in the computers suggests FARC had given Chavez 100 million pesos when he was a jailed rebel leader.
FARC has fought to overthrow the Colombian government for 40 years.
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Colombias restraint through this whole thing is remarkable. If the situation was reversed and Colombia was giving aid and comfort to terrorists plotting to overthrow Venezuela, what would Hugo do? He would have mounted numerous strikes across the border into Colombia already, citing a need for “self defense.”
To put it very simply, Chavez is living out the fading Castro’s dream of the entire decade of the 1960s-—to foment “revolution”(or at least upheaval) in Latin America. And Chavez seems to have the money to do it/ He is Castro’s surrogate, arising like the “fenix” from Castro’s soon-to-be-ashes.
Colombia says FARC wanted to make radioactive bomb
Posted on 03/04/2008 6:56:54 AM EST by maquiladora