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III. Privacy issues

An illegal police wiretapping operation against journalists, opposition figures and government members was discovered recently. The Government accepted responsibility for the situation and on May 14, 2007, they forced the Police Chief and the Head of Police Intelligence to retire. According to the Government, it is not clear who ordered the illegal wiretaps, which individuals were monitored and who benefited from the interceptions. Minister of Defence Juan Manuel Santos said in a statement, "The procedure is totally unacceptable, illegal and contrary to the policy of the government." The statement did not specify whose phones had been tapped.1


  • 1. Muse, Toby. Shake-up in Colombia's Security Forces, Associated Press Writer. Miami Herald, May 15, 2007.