[Marxism] COHA: Colombia: The Betancourt Rescue and Beyond

Ruthless Critic of All that Exists ok.president+marxml at gmail.com
Thu Jul 10 22:43:39 MDT 2008

On Thu, Jul 10, 2008 at 9:29 PM, Walter Lippmann <walterlx at earthlink.net> wrote:

> However, there are increasing doubts
> concerning the details of the rescue and the fact that some of them
> might not have occurred in their entirety as related by the Colombian
> authorities. For example Swiss radio Romande journalist, Frederich
> Blassel, claims that reliable sources indicate that 20 million U.S.
> dollars were in fact paid to the FARC to facilitate the escape of the
> 15 hostages. The channel said that the hostages "were in reality
> ransomed for a high price, and the whole operation afterwards was a
> set-up," and that the U.S. was somehow involved in securing the
> funds, providing intelligence, performing logistical services,
> providing infrastructure and training availability in general.

Joaquin has effectively dispelled this conspiracy theory.

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