* Greg Palast: $300 Mllion From Chavez To Farc A Fake


Richard Moore


$300 Mllion From Chavez To Farc A Fake

Here¹s the written evidence
Š and - please say it ain¹t so! - Obama and Hillary attack Ecuador
By Greg Palast
Do you believe this?

This past weekend, Colombia invaded Ecuador, killed a guerrilla chief in the 
jungle, opened his laptop ­ and what did the Colombians find? A message to Hugo 
Chavez that he¹s sent the FARC guerrillas $300 million ­ which they¹re using to 
obtain uranium to make a dirty bomb!

That¹s what George Bush tells us. And he got that from his buddy, the strange 
right-wing President of Colombia, Alvaro Uribe.

So: After the fact, Colombia justifies its attempt to provoke a border war as a 
to stop the threat of WMDs! Uh, where have we heard that before?

The US press snorted up this line about Chavez¹ $300 million to ³terrorists² 
quicker than the young Bush inhaling Colombia¹s powdered export.

What the US press did not do is look at the evidence, the email in the magic 
laptop. (Presumably, the FARC leader¹s last words were, ³Listen, my password is 

I read them. While you can read it all in español, here is, in translation, the 
one and only mention of the alleged $300 million from Chavez is this:

³Š With relation to the 300, which from now on we will call ³dossier,² efforts 
are now going forward at the instructions of the boss to the cojo [slang term 
for Œcripple¹], which I will explain in a separate note. Let¹s call the boss 
Ángel, and the cripple Ernesto.²

Got that? Where is Hugo? Where¹s 300 million? And 300 what? Indeed, in context, 
the note is all about the hostage exchange with the FARC that Chavez was working
on at the time (December 23, 2007) at the request of the Colombian government.

Indeed, the entire remainder of the email is all about the mechanism of the 
hostage exchange. Here¹s the next line:

³To receive the three freed ones, Chavez proposes three options: Plan A. Do it 
to via of a Œhumanitarian caravan¹; one that will involve Venezuela, France, the
Vatican[?], Switzerland, European Union, democrats [civil society], Argentina, 
Red Cross, etc.²

As to the 300, I must note that the FARC¹s previous prisoner exchange involved 
300 prisoners. Is that what the Œ300¹ refers to? ¿Quien sabe? Unlike Uribe, Bush
and the US press, I won¹t guess or make up a phastasmogoric story about Chavez 
spending money he doesn¹t even have.

To bolster their case, the Colombians claim, with no evidence whatsoever, that 
the mysterious ³Angel² is the code name for Chavez. But in the memo, Chavez goes
by the code name Š Chavez.

Well, so what? This is what.

Colombia¹s invasion into Ecuador is a rank violation of international law, 
condemned by every single Latin member of the Organization of American States. 
And George Bush just loved it. He called Uribe to back Colombia, against, ³the 
continuing assault by narco-terrorists as well as the provocative maneuvers by 
the regime in Venezuela.²

Well, our President may have gotten the facts ass-backward, but he Bush knows 
what he¹s doing: shoring up his last, faltering ally in South America, Uribe, a 
desperate man in deep political trouble.

Uribe¹s claims he is going to bring charges against Chavez before the 
International Criminal Court. If Uribe goes there in person, I suggest he take a
toothbrush: it was just discovered that right-wing death squads held 
murder-planning sessions at Uribe¹s ranch. Uribe¹s associates have been called 
before the nation¹s Supreme Court and may face prison.

In other words, it¹s a good time for a desperate Uribe to use that old 
politico¹s wheeze, the threat of war, to drown out accusations of his own 
criminality. Furthermore, Uribe¹s attack literally killed negotiations with FARC
by killing FARC¹s negotiator, Raul Reyes. Reyes was in talks with both Ecuador 
and Chavez about another prisoner exchange. Uribe authorized the negotiations, 
however, he knew, should those talks have succeeded in obtaining the release of 
those kidnapped by the FARC, credit would have been heaped on Ecuador and 
Chavez, and discredit heaped on Uribe.

Luckily for a hemisphere the verge of flames, the President of Ecuador, Raphael 
Correa, is one of the most level-headed, thoughtful men I¹ve ever encountered.

Correa is now flying from Quito to Brazilia to Caracas to keep the region from 
blowing sky high. While moving troops to his border ­ no chief of state can 
permit foreign tanks on their sovereign soil ­ Correa also refuses sanctuary to 
the FARC . Indeed, Ecuador has routed out 47 FARC bases, a better track record 
than Colombia¹s own, corrupt military.

For his cool, peaceable handling of the crisis, I will forgive Correa for 
apologizing for his calling Bush, ³a dimwitted President who has done great 
damage to his country and the world.²

Amateur Hour in Blue

We can trust Correa to keep the peace South of the Border. But can we trust our 

The current man in the Oval Office, George Bush, simply can¹t help himself: an 
outlaw invasion by a right-wing death-squad promoter is just fine with him.

But guess who couldn¹t wait to parrot the Bush line? Hillary Clinton, still 
explaining that her vote to invade Iraq was not a vote to invade Iraq, issued a 
statement nearly identical to Bush¹s, blessing the invasion of Ecuador as 
Colombia¹s ³right to defend itself.² And she added, ³Hugo Chávez must stop these
provoking actions.² Huh?

I assumed that Obama wouldn¹t jump on this landmine ­ especially after he was 
blasted as a foreign policy amateur for suggesting he would invade across 
Pakistan¹s border to hunt terrorists.

It¹s embarrassing that Barack repeated Hillary¹s line nearly verbatim, 
announcing, ³the Colombian government has every right to defend itself.²

(I¹m sure Hillary¹s position wasn¹t influenced by the loan of a campaign jet to 
her by Frank Giustra. Giustra has given over a hundred million dollars to Bill 
Clinton projects. Last year, Bill introduced Giustra to Colombia¹s Uribe. On the
spot, Giustra cut a lucrative deal with Uribe for Colombian oil.)

Then there¹s Mr. War Hero. John McCain weighed in with his own idiocies, 
announcing that, ³Hugo Chavez is establish[ing] a dictatorship,² presumably 
because, unlike George Bush, Chavez counts all the votes in Venezuelan 

But now our story gets tricky and icky.

The wise media critic Jeff Cohen told me to watch for the press naming McCain as
a foreign policy expert and labeling the Democrats as amateurs. Sure enough, the
New York Times, on the news pages Wednesday, called McCain, ³a national security

McCain is the ³pro² who said the war in Iraq would cost nearly nothing in lives 
or treasury dollars.

But, on the Colombian invasion of Ecuador, McCain said, ³I hope that tensions 
will be relaxed, President Chavez will remove those troops from the borders - as
well as the Ecuadorians - and relations continue to improve between the two.²

It¹s not quite English, but it¹s definitely not Bush. And weirdly, it¹s 
definitely not Obama and Clinton cheerleading Colombia¹s war on Ecuador.

Democrats, are you listening? The only thing worse than the media attacking 
Obama and Clinton as amateurs is the Democratic candidates¹ frightening desire 
to prove them right.


Watch Greg Palast¹s reports from Venezuela and Ecuador for BBC Television 
Newsnight and Democracy Now! Compiled on the DVD, ³The Assassination of Hugo 
Chavez," pick it up at http://www.PalastInvestigativeFund.org

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