Sunday, December 22, 2013

Report: CIA helped Colombia kill rebel leaders

The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has secretly helped the Colombian government kill at least two dozen rebel leaders of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, an anti-US insurgency group, according to a report by The Washington Post.

The covert US program to annihilate the rebel group known as FARC, included “substantial eavesdropping help” from the National Security Agency (NSA), the Post said Saturday.

The newspaper’s report is based on interviews with more than 30 former and current US and Colombian officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the program is classified and ongoing.

The previously undisclosed CIA program was authorized by former President George W. Bush in the early 2000s and has continued under President Barack Obama, according to US military, intelligence and diplomatic officials.

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