Chavez to 'deeply revise' relations with Colombia
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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez responded to Interpol's confirmation of the authenticity of the documents showing links between Chavez and the FARC by warning Colombia it was revising the nature of the two countries' ties.
The international police agency announced earlier on Thursday that the documents showed no evidence of tampering but said it could not verify the computer contents. Chavez has dismissed
Accusations based on the files from three laptops, hard drives and computer data keys are fueling tensions in the Andean region, where
"We are obliged to once again deeply revise political, diplomatic and economic relations with
"They keep on assaulting us and this shameful show today was a new act of aggression," he said. "Nothing matters to them, they have no shame."
The international police agency's conclusion reinforced Colombian and
But Interpol said it did not verify the files' contents, leaving open to debate whether they tie Chavez to Latin
"Interpol concludes there was no tampering with any data," Interpol chief Ronald Noble said through an interpreter in a
Chavez said the computers were planted at the guerrilla camp after the raid. He called Interpol chief Noble a "typical, aggressive gringo policeman."
Relations have been strained since the March raid when Colombian forces killed rebel commander Raul Reyes, sparking a diplomatic crisis and fueling fears of war in the region.
VIDEOS, PHOTOGRAPHS, SPREADSHEETS
Dozens of Interpol agents scoured a selection of what Noble said were the equivalent of 40 million Microsoft Word pages, including videos, photographs, data spreadsheets and nearly 1,000 encrypted files.
Colombian police claim the archives show that Chavez offered financial aid to the rebels and that
"There are serious allegations about
Chavez and Correa say contacts with rebels were made only as part of mediation efforts to free hostages held by the guerrillas.
The documents have prompted calls in the U.S. Congress for sanctions against
"Today's developments once again show the need for the State Department to fully recognize the very real threat that Chavez and his allies pose," Republican Rep. Connie Mack of
But with oil prices hovering around record highs in a presidential election year,
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