[R-G] Swiss Radio Says Colombian Hostages Freed by $20 Million Payment and a “Show” Rather than a Rescue
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Sat Jul 5 11:32:22 MDT 2008
It seems that there is more to the story of the Colombian hostage
rescue than you were originally told. And it has to do with ransom.
Now, Machetera finds this completely normal because she happens to
know someone who was taken hostage in Colombia in the ’80’s, and his
employer (evidently more generous than DynCorp) paid to get him out,
and in only six months as opposed to five years. And that in turn,
means of course that as far as the U.S. contractors were concerned,
and quite frankly Ingrid Betancourt and the other 11 hostages, the
people who were really keeping them in the jungle all that time were
not the FARC.
But what she finds interesting about this story is not so much the
ransom, or even the “media show” which was heavyhanded anyway, but the
fact that Israelis wereinvolved and can’t keep their mouths shut about
Swiss Radio Says Colombian Hostages Freed by $20 Million Payment and a
“Show” Rather than a Rescue
July 4, 2008 - According to various European media reports today, RSR,
Radio Suisse Romande, the state broadcaster, revealed yesterday that
the operation through which Ingrid Betancourt and 14 other hostages
were freed, was obtained through payment and not by skill or
intelligence of the Colombian and U.S. authorities.
According to an RSR report, “the 15 hostages were actually freed after
the payment of a large sum, and the operation which followed was
The RSR journalist Frederich Blassel confirmed that the guerrilla
known as “César,” one of the two who were captured, received $20
million dollars in exchange for delivering the hostages.
“It wasn’t a direct negotiation with the FARC, but with a very
important person from that organization, who is Commandante ‘César,’
Radio Suisse Romande is a state broadcaster which transmits in four
different languages in Europe.
Blassel added that according to the source, the United States approved
the payment to the guerrilla. Citing a source close to the events who
had proven trustworthy on several occasions in recent years, the radio
also said that the United States government was behind the agreement
and put the price at $20 million dollars.
“The three North American contractors worked for the FBI and were
transferred to the DEA to carry out a job and therefore that country
was highly interested in recovering these citizens. The contact with
Commandante César was made through his girlfriend who was captured
some four months ago by the Army.”
With the two guerrillas captured in the operation facing extradition,
the journalist said that “it sounds strange” but according to his
information, Switzerland, France and Spain would be disposed to
receiving the two guerrillas and giving them a new identity in order
to avoid their extradition to the United States.
The French film director Gil Pérez and an analyst specializing in the
subject of Colombia also spoke about this in a similar sense, the
The representative of the national Swiss radio station believes that
all of this follows the hard line that President Uribe wants to
maintain facing negotiations with the FARC and for that reason,
believes that everything was a show.
“If the people knew that this operation was a show behind a
negotiation, it wouldn’t matter, because Uribe comes out triumphant
and no matter what, remains the strong man,” he concluded.
The Colombian Foreign Minister denied the version and called the news
“false.” According to the Colombian General Fredy Padilla de León, the
stories about payment for rescue are “kicks of a drowning man.”
For its part, the French government denied having been involved in the
Support of United States and Israel
The White House has not responded to allegations of payment for
liberation, but through its spokesperson, confirmed that the military
operation was “conceived and executed by Colombians with our full
For its part, according to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, Israeli
agents were involved in the operation which resulted in the liberation
of the hostages but “they believe that the credit should be given to
According to the newspaper, the Israeli activities were carried out by
dozens of security experts and were coordinated by Global CST, the
private firm belonging to ex-Brigadier General Israel Ziv, and ex-
Brigadier Yossi Kuperwasser.
“We helped them plan all the operations and strategies, and develop
intelligence sources,” said Ziv upon his return from Bogotá.
Machetera is a member of Tlaxcala, the network of translators for
linguistic diversity. This translation may be reprinted as long as the
content remains unaltered, and the source, author, and translator are
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