Colombian guerrillas planned to kill journalist who was alleged U.S. informant

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  • October 25, 2010

By Ingrid Bachmann

President Juan Manuel Santos revealed that the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) had been ordered to kill journalist Olga Cecilia Vega, who according to the group had infiltrated the FARC and worked for intelligence agencies from the United States, EFE and RCN Radio reported.

According to El Tiempo, the information came from the computers of “Mono Jojoy,” a guerrilla leader, who was killed last month in a bombing raid.

The journalist in question is a sister of Baruch Vega, an informant of the Drug Enforcement Administration, and is said to have had a romantic rrelationship with the man who was the FARC's No. 2 man, Raúl Reyes, El País adds. An email mentioned that the journalist not only worked for the DEA but also for the FBI and that “all the messages that comrade Raúl Reyes sent her, she carried to the FBI in Bogotá.”

In an interview with RCN Radio, the reporter denied having any relationship with a guerrilla leader and denied that she had been an informant for U.S. agencies. Vega insisted that she entered FARC’s camps as a journalist and that she had worked “honestly.”

Note from the editor: This story was originally published by the Knight Center’s blog Journalism in the Americas, the predecessor of LatAm Journalism Review.