Ex-President Uribe wiretapping scandal continues to grow

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 5 September 2014

The hacking scandal that came to light during the Colombian elections in May 2014 has developed further this week after the accused hacker, Andres Sepulveda, spoke out about wiretapping.

Mr Sepulveda, who is currently being held in prison, claims to have worked with members of the Colombian military to gain access to privileged information and communications in order to help the Democratic Centre, Uribe’s party, to sabotage the peace talks between the Colombian government and the FARC.

The former President of Colombia, Alvaro Uribe is staunchly opposed to the peace talks with the FARC and during the campaign cycle he used intelligence which appeared to be military leaks to criticise the talks.

Mr Sepulveda also indicated that he was instructed to spread damaging propaganda about the Mayor of Bogota Gustavo Petro, an Uribe opponent, and about Congressman Ivan Cepeda, who is preparing to lead a Senate debate on former President Uribe’s alleged ties to paramilitarism and narcotrafficking.

Congressman Arturo Yepes, or the Conservative Party has called for the legal disbandment of Uribe’s Democratic Center and President Juan Manuel Santos has called for a thorough investigation into the allegations. So far no one from the Democratic Center has been arrested and Uribe denies any wrongdoing. However, Senator Uribe is already being investigated by Congress for other alleged crimes, including ties to paramilitarism and narcotrafficking.

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