A widening spy scandal in Colombia is heightening tension between its two most powerful politicians as former President Alvaro Uribe’s legacy comes under fire by his handpicked successor’s anti-corruption drive.
News Corp., the media company run by billionaire Rupert Murdoch, nominated ex-Colombian President Alvaro Uribe and former U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao as directors, bolstering the board’s government experience.
Colombia’s Juan Manuel Santos , after being elected president by a landslide last night, pledged to free his country from the “nightmare of violence” by sustaining all the government’s might against Marxist rebels.
An investigation into former Colombian President Alvaro Uribe for ties to illegal paramilitary groups is “deplorable” and “without any foundation” since the witnesses are prisoners who are lying to try to get reduced jail sentences, Uribe’s lawyer said.
The last time Javier Diaz saw his father was when he was 14 and Colombian paramilitaries accused the elder Diaz of supporting guerrillas. That was equal to a death threat at the height of Colombia’s now five-decades-long internal war.