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Sunday, September 26, 2010
By Steven L. Taylor

Via the BBC is a piece in English on the aforementioned computers:  Colombian police examine Farc rebels’ laptops.

One interesting bit of information/speculation is the following:

They also said the large number of memory sticks seized at the jungle camp and the fact that not a single two-way radio or mobile phone was found suggests the rebels relay information through couriers rather than risk having their electronic communication tapped or traced.

If true, the 94 thumb drives seized may yield a great deal of information.  All of this also an interesting look into contemporary guerrilla warfare and the use of technology in such a context.

Also regarding the operation itself:

They said Operation Sodom, as it has been dubbed, started on Tuesday 21 September, when the heads of all three branches of the Colombian military, the police and the Ministry of Defence met in Bogota to finalise details of the attack.

In the early hours of Wednesday 22 September, 78 aircraft headed for the area known as La Escalera in the Macarena mountain range in Meta province.

They dropped dozens of bombs on Mono Jojoy’s camp, which Defence Minister Rodrigo Rivera has described as "the mother of all lairs" for its size and the number of hidden tunnels it had.

About 400 members of the Colombian special forces then abseiled from helicopters and surrounded the camp.

After hours of fighting, another 400 soldiers and police moved in on the camp, taking it in the early hours of Thursday morning.

So, is “Operation Gomorrah” next?

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2 Responses to “More on Those FARC Computers and Operation Sodom”

  1. Tambopaxi Says:

    I mentioned to Boz that Santos government will something of a dilemma when they go through all of the computers and flash memories (which I’m sure has lots of info on FARC activities in Venezuela): Keep mum on most damning evidence in the interests of maintaining good diplomatic and commercial relations with VZ/Chavez, or go public with any of it? My guess is that they’ll use what they can to go after Cano and what’s left of FARC leadership, and keep quiet about any stuff that could cause trade problems between the two countries…

  2. Steven L. Taylor Says:

    I suppose it depends on what they find. At a minimum, going after Cano has to be the top priority, and if they get it the issues of Ven may evaporate of its own accord.


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