El Narco, the wi-fi spy

A Telesur interview with the Venezuelan minister of justice, Miguel Rodríguez Torres, in which he shows how far a certain former Colombian president (and current senator) was willing to go to spy on his neighbors, with the express intent of smearing a totally innocent, honest and above-board president:

A telephone company by the name of “GSM Seguro”, linked to Colombian ex-president Álvaro Uribe, the narcotrafficker Frank Tello and his beneficiary, information scientist Carlos Escobar, tried to spy on Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez’s airplane via wi-fi networks.

According to Venezuelan minister of Justice, the Interior and Peace, Miguel Rodríguez Torres, in an interview with Telesur, this transnational installed services in 2010 in order to “surround sectors near where the President’s airplane was”.

Rodríguez Torres also pointed out that Carlos Escobar had distributed 3,000 Blackberry wireless devices, especially in state-run organisms, which would allow him to hear strategic information on Venezuela. That same year, this plan managed to interfere with smartphones belonging to functionaries of the Venezuelan state oil company, PDVSA.

“He handed over telephone networks to stage demonstrations, but all of them had software to create a mirror. So, everything that was said on that network was obtained by Álvaro Uribe Vélez,” Rodríguez Torres said.

The minister emphasized that investigations by the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (SEBIN) had made it possible to neutralize this operation.

He stated that the intent behind this operation was to “create a strategic platform in the short term over supposed corruption at the governmental level and to demonstrate, by way of mediatic induction, doubts over the transparency of high-level functionaries of the Venezuelan government.”

Rodríguez Torres showed images linking this personage to Uribe.

Translation mine.

Obviously, El Narco found nothing on Chavecito OR the functionaries of PDVSA. But just imagine the expense: Three thousand Blackberry devices don’t come cheap. Neither does the set-up of a network to mirror the private phone calls of a president, his country’s oilworkers, and God only knows who all else.

Where do you suppose El Narco found the money to do all that?

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