Washington, December 23 (RHC)-- An investigation by the Washington Post suggests that the Central Intelligence Agency has secretly helped the Colombian government kill at least two dozen leaders of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) militias.
The report, based on interviews with unnamed US and Colombian officials, says the CIA provided Bogota with precision guidance systems and bombs.
The covert operation was reportedly part of Plan Colombia, an anti-drugs program set up by the U.S. in the year 2000.
The investigation points to a CIA program funded through a black budget separate from the main US military aid package for Colombia. The technology provided by the U.S. allowed the Colombian Air Force to locate and bomb FARC members in their jungle hideouts.
The report also pointed out the CIA's participation in the non-sanctioned incursion by the Colombian air force into Ecuador in 2008, when FARC senior commander Luis Edgar Devia Silva, alias Raul Reyes, was killed. The FARC nor the Colombian government have yet responded to the report.