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March 04, 2008

Colombia Claims: FARC Has Nuclear Material, Plans Dirty Bomb

We shouldn't fall into the Curveball trap of believing intelligence sources who may be running a disinformation game against us, but this is definitely serious.

Colombia said on Tuesday that FARC rebels had been planning to make a "dirty bomb" with radioactive material, threatening the entire Latin American region.

The charges by Vice-President Francisco Santos, at the United Nations-sponsored Conference on Disarmament, marked a dramatic turn in a regional crisis that has seen Venezuela and Ecuador cut diplomatic ties with Colombia.

Bogota has already accused Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez of funding the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrillas, after Colombian forces crossed into Ecuador and killed a senior rebel commander on Saturday, sparking troop movements and warnings of war.

"Just yesterday (Monday) our national police submitted an initial report regarding the content of two computers found with Raul Reyes, second in command of FARC, who was killed last Saturday," Santos said.

They contained "information from one commander to another indicating that FARC was apparently negotiating for radioactive material, the primary basis for generating dirty weapons of mass destruction and terrorism," he added.

Given the IAEA/Iran fiasco, my faith in "captured enemy laptops" isn't terribly high.

But.

Bonus: Three hundred million from Chavez to fund FARC terrorists, Colombia also claims.

Not sure if this is legit or Colombia, understandably, is gaming us because they'd like a little American Death From Above.

It's obviously very plausible, but that's not the same as actually true.

PS: Regarding Iran, seems we got our hands on a new defector's laptop which contradicts everything we found on that last one we "captured."


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