US Special Forces played role in Betancourt hostage rescue

The Washington Post is reporting, with somewhat exaggerated headlines, that US Special Forces played a role in the Columbian rescue mission. You have to read through the whole story to find out that basically they did some radio intercepts and that a few US special forces recon teams were on the ground chasing after the groups known to hold hostages, but purely for intelligence purposes (i.e. they were not about to snatch them).

The story also talks about a videoconference call and other discussions between US and Colombian officials in the days prior to the operation being launched.