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Tue Mar 8, 2016, 04:52 PM

How Colombia’s Mr. Wiretap ended up being wiretapped

How Colombia’s Mr. Wiretap ended up being wiretapped
Posted by Adriaan Alsema on Mar 8, 2016

Colombia’s former President, Alvaro Uribe, was once known as the president whose administration wiretapped pretty much anyone deemed a political risk. Now, the current senator appears in phone calls wiretapped by the Supreme Court.

Uribe tried to make a stink earlier this month, asking the Supreme Court on Twitter why he was being wiretapped.

The accusation raised eyebrows across Colombia as his former chief of staff and two of his former intelligence chiefs are in prison, for no other reason that illegally wiretapping the Supreme Court, journalists, national and international human rights organization, and politicians.

These wiretaps were allegedly carried out to frustrate investigations against Uribe’s cousin Mario, a former Senator who was eventually arrested and convicted for using paramilitary death squads to advance his political career.


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