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Colombia's ex-president calls Washington Post journalists "terrorist sympathizers"

The former Colombian president criticized Washington Post reporters who wrote an article implicating the U.S. government in abuses of power committed in Colombia, reported the newspaper El Colombiano.

Former president Álvaro Uribe sent a letter to the editor of the Washington Post in which he said the article “manipulates facts and distorts reality harming the image of a government that dismantled the Paramilitary structures in Colombia and extradited their main kingpins to the United States," according to the Americas Forum.

“I consider that the article authors have acted recklessly and without any rigor, by placing defamatory accusations and endangering the image of Colombia and my administration," the ex-president said in the letter.

Further, in his Twitter account, Uribe on Aug. 21 expressed to @washingtonpost: his sadness that "terrorist sympathizers" were defaming the Colombian government.

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said it was concerned that Uribe's comments could put in danger journalists Juan Forero and Claudia Julieta Duque, and put at risk press freedom in Colombia.

The U.S. embassy in Colombia issued a statement denying the article, according to Americas Forum.

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