Columbia Accuses Hugo Chavez of Funding FARC Terrorists
"[Colombia's police chief Oscar] Naranjo said [captured] computer files, which will be subjected to outside analysis, also provided details on the drug-funded group's plans to obtain 50 kilograms of uranium to make bombs as part of a bid to branch into international terrorism."
Computer files on the captured laptops of the dead FARC terrorist Raul Reyes reportedly prove that FARC is being funded by Hugo Chavez and that the FARC is trying to get 50 kilograms of uranium so that it can make atomic bombs and branch out into international terrorism. Bloomberg (3-3-08) reports:
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez helped fund Latin America's biggest guerrilla group [FARC] and has ties to the rebels going back more than 15 years.
Documents on a computer belonging to the second in command of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia show Venezuela provided the guerrillas with at least $300 million, police Chief Oscar Naranjo said. Venezuelan Vice President Ramon Carrizalez denied the allegations.
"These documents not only imply a closeness, but an armed alliance between the FARC and the government of Venezuela,'' Naranjo said in a televised press briefing in Bogota.
Colombia's Security Council found documents on three laptops belonging to Raul Reyes, who was killed by Colombian forces in an attack inside Ecuador this weekend. The air strike prompted Chavez and Ecuador's President Rafael Correa to order troops to their respective borders with Colombia.
...Naranjo said the computer files, which will be subjected to outside analysis, also provided details on the drug-funded group's plans to obtain 50 kilograms of uranium to make bombs as part of a bid to branch into international terrorism. He didn't provide details about the alleged plot.
The documents also allegedly show the FARC, as the group is known, had ties to Chavez going back as far as 1992 when he was jailed for spearheading a failed coup as an army lieutenant colonel.
Colombia also accused Correa of ties to the guerrilla group. The files indicated Ecuadorean Security Minister Gustavo Larrea had been in contact with Reyes on Correa's behalf. They talked about getting Correa involved in the release of hostages to boost his political standing, Naranjo said [Full text].