Top Story in Diplomatic Crisis: Naranjo’s Dirty Bomb Dossier

Leonardo Carvajal of Semana (Colombia) phones in an analysis of the Ecuadoran border crisis with Colombia.

Carlin of La República (Lima, Peru) on the Ecuadoran border crisis (above).

Correa: “Don’t mess with me or I’ll call my big brother!”

Uribe (privately): “That’s what I want you to do, so I can call MY big brother.”

Boots: U.S. Army

Left: Uncle Hugo

El País (Spain) cites Vice President Santos of Colombia saying that FARC documents retrieved at the camp that was attacked indicated plans to build a “dirty (radioactive conventional) bomb.”

G1/Globo (Brazil) is also leading with that accusation today. So is the Estado de S. Paulo, Saddam’s aluminum tubes and the yellowcake deal with Niger (thanks, Judy Miller) inevitably get mentioned (but not by Globo).

The Rede Globo here in Brazil is also heavily promoting the contents of the Raúl Reyes “dossier” as proof of collusion between the FARC and the governments of Venezuela and Ecuador.

Globo keeps showing footage of a handwritten document discovered at the FARC camp titled “Order of Battle” while discussing the documents allegedly discovered on FARC laptops (different documents than the ones shown, naturally.)

General Naranjo is cited in the Estadão making the uranium claim:

Outros documentos mostram que os rebeldes tinham interesse em comprar urânio, disse Naranjo. “Quando eles mencionam negociações para 50 quilos de urânio, isso significa que as Farc estavam dando grandes passos no terrorismo mundial para tornar-se um agressor global. Não estamos falando de guerrilha doméstica, mas terrorismo transnacional”, disse, sem dar mais detalhes, em sintonia com a retórica de Washington sobre o combate ao terrorismo. A Colômbia é o principal aliado na América Latina dos EUA, que fornecem anualmente US$ 700 milhões a Bogotá, entre ajuda militar e cooperação para programas sociais.

Other documents show that the rebels had an interest in buying uranium, said Naranjo. “When they mention negotiations for 50 kg of uranium, this means that FARC was taking a a major step into international terrorism to become a global aggressor. We are not talking about a domestic guerrilla movement, but international terrorism,” he said, without giving more details, in line with Washington’s rhetoric on the war against terrorism. Colombia is the principal Latin American ally of the U.S., which supplies Bogotá with US$700 million in military aid and cooperation in social programs.

Ecuador is claiming that the liberation of Ingrid Betancourt was being negotiated, and that the Colombian raid into its territory has scotched the hostage swap.

We watched the live press conference with the Brazilian foreign minister, Mr. Amorim, yesterday. He said the Colombian apology, tempered by a claim of “hot pursuit,” may have been insufficient, depending on what actually happened out there in the jungle, which he says ought to be investigated thoroughly.

EL TIEMPO is giving the “dossier” story blanket coverage and reports results of a survey showing 85% support for Uribe. Authentication of the “dossier’ is reportedly forthcoming. Those reports are vague.

El Espectador is offline at the moment for “maintenance.”

Hoy (Ecuador) reports on the five-hour meeting of Ecuador’s national security council and reports on Larrea’s denials that there was anything improper about his participation in talks on freeing hostages.


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