Ecuador will demand an explanation to the US Ambassador to Quito, Adam E. Namm, regarding the Central Intelligence Agency’s alleged participation in Colombia’s attack against a camp of the FARC, which was located in the Ecuadorian territory. The attack occurred in 2008. teleSUR
The CIA’s participation in the military invasion into Ecuadorian soil was verified
Quito, December 23 (Andes).- Former Defense Minister of Colombia, Gabriel Silva, confirmed Monday the participation of the U.S. Central Intelligence (CIA ) in the military operations that took the lives of important leaders of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC ), such as revealed by the Washington Post.
In one of those operations – on March 1, 2008 – the Colombian army entered the Ecuadorian territory Angostura to eliminate Raul Reyes, FARC’s number two man, which led to the breakdown of relations between Quito and Bogota.
According to Caracol Radio statements, Silva said that although he may not provide information that is part of national security, he can confirm that the CIA and the U.S. intelligence actively participated in the operatives that eliminated Reyes, Alfonso Cano and Antonio Briceño (known as Mono Jojoy).
“Collaboration is permanent; thus, one has to assume that there was communication useful for those purposes”, said the former Minister Silva.
However, Silva said that the help of U.S. intelligence did not undermine the Colombian security forces’ independence. “Colombians run their armed forces in a sovereign manner. All operations were designed with collaboration but executed by Colombia”.
Gabriel Silva said the actions were planned and executed by Colombians and that help was only on intelligence matters. “What I can say is that (the help of the CIA) was vitally important, not only to take down terrorist leaders but also to recover and get out of the jungle many hostages,” he said.
On Monday, through his social network account on Twitter, the president of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, labeled this as “very serious”.
The President asked if disclosure of these facts is part of a strategy to affect relations with USA, with Colombia and, above all, the peace process in progress between the government of Juan Manuel Santos and the FARC. “At this point, I no longer believe in ‘coincidences'”, he noted.
“The Colombian and international extreme right is capable of anything! Merry Christmas, with the peace of a quiet conscience. We, the good guys are more!, he added.
On March 1, 2008 the Colombian Army invaded Ecuadorian territory to “neutralize” a temporary camp of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).
In the event 25 people died – including the number 2 man of the armed group, Raul Reyes and four Mexican students.
According to the Washington Post article quoted by Correa, the secret CIA program in Colombia is has a different annual budget than Plan Colombia. With these billionaire funds, called by the newspaper a “black budget”, Washington seeks to end the FARC and the ELN, through attacks on their leaders.
Washington’s “support” was authorized in 2000 by George W. Bush and continues under Barack Obama’s Administration.
According to the Washington Post, since this secret program became effective, which also has the support of the controversial National Security Agency (NSA, for its acronym in English) , it has killed 24 FARC leaders, as revealed to the media by more than 30 Colombian and U.S. officials.
An old story
Back in 2009, the Government of Ecuador revealed that after concluding its investigation into the Angostura attack it could be argued that the U.S. government was involved in it.
The then Defense Minister of Ecuador, Javier Ponce revealed an official report according to which “there is suggestive evidence” that the bombing carried out against the FARC was done “based on a combined operation between Colombia and the United States”.
He added that a foreign intelligence network operating in Ecuador also intervened; they “knew in advance about the bombing and subsequent steps the government (in Bogota) would take”.
When announcing the inquiry into the infiltration of U.S. intelligence services in the security forces of Ecuador, the official noted that the CIA “was in full knowledge of what was happening in Angostura”, a jungle area where the attack against the FARC occurred.
“Even a call from the CIA was detected early on March 1 announcing the attack in Angostura”, he added, stressing that there were “formal interventions that constituted clear forms of infiltration of U.S. intelligence service” in the country”.
By Agencia de Noticias Andes