Alvaro Uribe accuses Washington Post of acting recklessly against Colombia
Former President Alvaro Uribe
Former President Alvaro Uribe has addressed a letter to The Washington Post in response to an article that alleged that the U.S. aid to fight drug trafficking and guerrilla in Colombia has been misused by the government of Alvaro Uribe to spy and smear judges and opposition groups in the country.
The former President, who said he was disappointed by the U.S. publication, notes that the information contained in the article “manipulates and distort reality, hurting the image of a government.”
In his letter, Uribe explained his fight against the guerrillas and how he protected the lives of journalists, opponents and judges. The former head of the Colombian state noted that, in his opinion, the authors of the article “acted recklessly and without any rigor to make slanderous accusations and threaten the image of Colombia and my administration.”
President Alvaro Uribe was successful in fighting the narcoguerrilla organization FARC, diminishing about 80% of its military force, according to analysts. During his term the Colombian government regained much of the territory formerly held by the FARC.