Colombian ex-spy details coup plot against Venezuela
September 8, 2009 2 Comments
By JOSEPH FITSANAKIS | intelNews.org |
The former director of information technology at Colombia’s Administrative Department of Security (Departamento Administrativo de Seguridad, or DAS) has revealed details of what he claims was a Colombian-assisted coup against the Venezuelan government. Speaking on Colombia’s Noticias Uno television station, former DAS official Rafael García said the Colombian government of Álvaro Uribe was the main supporter of a 2004 attempt to topple the Venezuelan government of Hugo Chávez. García, who was fired from DAS three years ago, after being caught taking bribes from right wing paramilitaries and drug barons, said Colombia recruited 120 Colombian paramilitary members of Northern Bloc, a militia unit of the right-wing United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia, which operates mostly along the Venezuelan-Colombian border. The paramilitary troops were led by Rodrigo Tovar Pupo, leader of the Northern Bloc, and Fernando Londoño Hoyos
Capurro, Colombia’s ex-interior minister. According to García, the Colombian-sponsored paramilitaries crossed secretly into Venezuela and were trained at a ranch belonging to Rafael Alonso, director of Caracas-based Center for Dissemination of Knowledge (CEDICE), which the Venezuelan government has accused of being funded by Washington. This is not the first time Rafael García has voiced outspoken views about Colombian politics. In 2006 he spoke at length about the alleged secret ties between the Colombian intelligence services and powerful drug cartels in the country.