Was a ransom paid for Betancourt?

The London Times and others are asking whether the Ingrid Betancourt rescue was actually staged to cover up a $20 million ransom payment. Swiss Radio is citing ‘reliable sources’ as saying a ransom was paid. Not entirely sure why the Swiss are so up on Colombian events, but we’ll see this story play out over the next few days]]>

4 thoughts on “Was a ransom paid for Betancourt?”

  1. The Swiss were negotiators for the release over the years so they’d know about money transfers.
    This has Rovian psyop dripping from it. Now that the truth of the ransom is out there expect the story to exult in it’s one day of crushing media spotlight and then a quick segue to the next bit of theater.
    Did someone just say Jessica Lynch?

  2. The Swiss were negotiators for the release over the years so they’d know about money transfers.
    This has Rovian psyop dripping from it. Now that the truth of the ransom is out there expect the story to exult in it’s one day of crushing media spotlight and then a quick segue to the next bit of theater.
    Did someone just say Jessica Lynch?

  3. We’ll see what the next few days bring. It will be very interesting to watch the American media coverage of this. One has to wonder if they will cover the ‘scandal’ of a payment more than the ‘rescue’ itself (which quickly faded from the front pages). I think most Americans didn’t even know their were American hostages being held in the first place…

  4. We’ll see what the next few days bring. It will be very interesting to watch the American media coverage of this. One has to wonder if they will cover the ‘scandal’ of a payment more than the ‘rescue’ itself (which quickly faded from the front pages). I think most Americans didn’t even know their were American hostages being held in the first place…

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