Bogotá, February 17, 2010—Colombian President Alvaro Uribe Vélez said on Tuesday that
those who illegally spy on the press are “enemies of his government” during a
meeting with a delegation from the Committee to Protect Journalists and the
Foundation for Freedom of the Press (FLIP).
Uribe issued the statement at the urging of the CPJ and FLIP delegation, which met with the president and top government officials including Vice President Francisco Santos; Minister of Interior Fabio Valencia Cossio; Felipe Muñoz, the director of national intelligence, or DAS; the director of the national police, General Oscar Naranjo Trujillo; and other high-ranking officials in a two-hour-long meeting at the presidential palace, known as Casa Nariño.