FARC’s Uranium

FARC’S URANIUM….Over the weekend, Colombia launched a raid on FARC guerrilla camps just across the border in Ecuador. Among other things, they claim they recovered a laptop computer “suggesting” that Hugo Chavez has recently given FARC $300 million. Plus this from CNN:

Speaking at a news conference, Gen. Oscar Naranjo […] said other evidence in the computers suggests FARC purchased 50 kilograms of uranium this month.

Huh. That’s a mighty peculiar accusation to just toss out with no further explanation, isn’t it? What exactly does “suggest” mean here? And what kind of uranium are we supposedly talking about? 50 kilos of HEU would be a scary thing indeed. 50 kilos of raw ore would be a joke. Perhaps Bloomberg can shed some light:

Naranjo said the FARC, as the group is known, was seeking to buy 50 kilos of uranium for bomb making with aim of getting involved in international terrorism.

Ah. “Seeking” uranium. Anybody have the exact quote? Associated Press, maybe?

“When they mention negotiations for 50 kilos of uranium this means that the FARC are taking big steps in the world of terrorism to become a global aggressor. We’re not talking of domestic guerrilla but transnational terrorism,” said Naranjo, without giving more details.

Okey dokey. They “mentioned” “negotiations.” And no further details are forthcoming. Why do I have the funny feeling they never will?

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