Secure Communications

Colombia’s Uribe defends ministers, denies wiretaps

By Patrick Markey

BOGOTA (Reuters) – Colombia’s President Alvaro Uribe furiously defended his government on Wednesday over suspected ties with illegal paramilitaries and the clandestine wiretapping of foes that some are dubbing a local “Watergate.”

The president’s response came after a jailed former top paramilitary commander testified that he met Uribe’s vice president and his defense minister in the 1990s, and police admitted agents bugged officials, politicians and journalists.

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May 16, 2007 - Posted by | eavesdrop, English, espionage, illegal, phone tap, privacy, security, spy, surveillance, tap, wiretap

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