Uribe Military information leak investigation concludes

Posted on Feb 11 2014 - 8:49am by Rico
Alvaro Uribe Velez

A near year-long military information leak investigation involving Colombia’s former president Alvaro Uribe was put to bed Monday after the military penal court could not determine any member of Colombia’s public forces responsible for leaking confidential military coordinates in Spring 2013.

The investigators were unable to find evidence connecting any member of Colombia’s public forces–which includes the national army, police, navy, and air force– to the delivery of sensitive military information to Uribe himself.

This scandal unfolded in April, 2013, when the former head of state tweeted the secret coordinates of a demilitarized zone used to move rebel group FARC members on their way to peace talks in Cuba. Uribe claimed full responsibility for his actions speaking out against the dialogues in the process, and maintained that the information was already publicized.

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It was widely assumed that someone from the military had illegally leaked the coordinates to Uribe, however the announcement of the closed 10-month investigation has answered that question for now.

The investigation covered more than 40 people that had access to the geographic information of the demilitarized zone.

The exposure of these coordinates generated a large debate on the legality of military information leaks, according to radio station Caracol Radio, however Uribe was never charged for his part.

This news comes only a week after a new wiretapping scandal involving the Colombian army spying on both government and FARC negotiators during peace talks in Cuba.

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The FARC accused Uribe of having some part in this recent scandal as well.

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