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Recovered Data Links Venezuela to FARC Rebels

US, studying evidence, won't yet call Chavez a terror sponsor
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 12, 2008 8:50 PM CDT
Recovered Data Links Venezuela to FARC Rebels
Colombian policeman Juan Fernando Galicia, a hostage of FARC rebels, is seen during a recorded message sent to Venezuela's government %u2014 which could have ties to the rebels, Colombia alleges.   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – Possible links between Hugo Chavez’ Venezuelan government and the Colombian FARC guerrilla group concern Washington, but US officials aren't yet saying the nation will be declared a state sponsor of terrorism, Reuters reports. Colombia said computers seized in a March 1 raid on a FARC base in Ecuador contain evidence that proves Venezuela is aiding the leftist group.

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The State Department is reviewing the information, and so far, said Assistant Secretary of State Tom Shannon, the links appear “worrisome, even disturbing because it does seem to indicate a degree of dialogue between the government of Venezuela and the FARC that have to be explained. "But we are very early in the process and it would be a mistake to jump to conclusions." (Read more FARC stories.)

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