Arrest reveals lax Colombia security
(The Washington Times) SANTA CRUZ, Bolivia — Investigations of a rebel agent who insinuated her way into the social circle of Colombia’s high command have revealed serious lapses in the country’s security services.
Marilu Rodriguez, in her early 40s, was arrested last month in Bogota during a roundup of members of a rebel cell responsible for attacks in the capital, including the 2006 car bombing of Colombia’s Superior War College, where she was a student.
She also was invited to the private apartments and country houses of several generals, high court judges and other dignitaries, according to press reports.
Miss Rodriguez provided key intelligence for the War College attack, in which 23 persons, including several army officers, were wounded, reported Colombian President Alvaro Uribe, who said last week that the military command had been “infiltrated.”
Anti-terrorist officials said Miss Rodriguez flashed her war college credentials when plainclothes officers raided her apartment, which was used to plan operations.
“She used her Cidenal [Integral National Defense Course] ID card to try to get out of being arrested and dropped the names of several generals whom she described as friends,” said one arresting officer.
Miss Rodriguez and five others were charged Oct. 24 with rebellion, conspiracy and terrorism. They included three other women who, like Miss Rodriguez, were described as “party girls.”
“She only had access to places, but not to information,” said Defense Minister Juan Manuel Santos, who maintained that no classified information was compromised.
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