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May 10, 2011

FARC Files: awkward instances and a personal appeal

The FARC Files, released by the International Institute for Strategic Studies on Tuesday, have been burning up regional newspapers all day.

There's not much new there, but it seems to confirm all the suspicions and rumors that have been circulating for months. There are a couple minor points that I found interesting. The IISS claims the files show that President Rafael Correa's 2006 presidential campaign received $400,000 from the FARC.

During Santos' inaguration in August he gave Correa a copy of those files as a gesture of goodwill. That must have been a bit awkward.

The IISS was received the files while Colombia's Alvaro Uribe was in power. It's too early to see if they have the same kind of pull under the Santos administration. I asked the IISS's Nigel Inkster (fantastic name) if his think-tank might get to analyze the files recovered from Mono Jojoy late last year. Inkster said they had not been approached about the new cache of docs. 

You can see The Miami Herald story here. The New York Times story, which managed to get an embargoed copy, can be seen here. 

The IISS claims my copy is on the way. Should be a good way to test FedEx's reliability here.

Have you seen the documents? If so,write me, I would love to know what jumped out at you. 


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