“My father worked for the CIA selling cocaine to finance the fight against Communism in Central America.”
Juan Pablo Escobar
“What we’ve learned is that if you look at history what happened with the Medellin Cartel after we took them down, Cali Cartel got stronger, right? Then we take them down, and North Valle Cartel takes over. We’re taking down cartels, and another cartel is born.”
Javier Pena — Former DEA officer
February 24 2017 — In a new book, Pablo Escobar’s son claims that his father worked for the CIA. Follow us on Twitter: @Intel_Today
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UPDATE – Washington, D.C., May 26, 2018 — A Colombian senator told the U.S. Embassy in 1993 that the founders of the Medellín drug cartel “financed” the election campaign of then-senator Álvaro Uribe Vélez, according to documents posted today by the National Security Archive.
The newly-released cables describe nearly a decade of U.S. Embassy interactions with Uribe and show that U.S. diplomats had persistent concerns about Uribe’s ties to drug trafficking even as Embassy officials developed a working relationship the rapidly rising political leader.
“Escobar, through the Ochoas, is now demanding Uribe return the favors by trying to open a communication channel to [Colombian President César] Gaviria,” a U.S. Embassy cable states.
In the early 1980s, Alvaro Uribe appointed Villegas Arciniegas as director of planning for Colombia’s Civil Aviation Administration. Villegas Arciniegas delivered the much-needed operating licenses to well-known narcotraffickers.
Frechette, who followed Busby as U.S. Ambassador to Colombia, told El Nuevo Herald in 2009 that he was never satisfied with Uribe’s explanation as to why he named Villegas Arciniegas for the post. “How did you come to hire Villegas?” he asked Uribe. “You do know that Villegas without a doubt gave those licenses to the narcos?”
There was a massive increase in extrajudicial killings by the Colombian Army during Uribe’s presidency (the “false positives” scandal).
Members of his government, through the DAS intelligence agency, illegally surveilled and intimidated a long list of political opponents, including journalists, judges and human rights activists.
Uribe’s cousin, Mario Uribe Escobar, is serving a sentence for his involvement with paramilitary groups.
In December 2012, General Mauricio Santoyo, who was President Alvaro Uribe’s security chief, was sentenced to 13 years in jail for links with narco-paramilitaries by a federal court in the United States.
Uribe’s brother, Santiago Uribe Vélez, is now on trial for leading a death squad knowns as the 12 Apostles.
uribe’s niece, Ana Maria Uribe Cifuentes, was placed on the US Treasury’s list of people identified as acting on behalf of drug trafficking or terrorist organizations.
Her mother, Dolly Cifuentes Villa, was arrested in 2011 after a request from a US federal court for alleged ties to the head of Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel, Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán.
Recently it was revealed that the Colombian Supreme Court is investigating Álvaro Uribe himself for murder and witness intimidation connected to an investigation of crimes committed by members of the Metro Bloc, an illegal paramilitary militia group allegedly formed by Uribe and members of his family. END of UPDATE
Juan Pablo Escobar’s second book— which has just been released in Argentina — describes his father’s international ties of corruption in which he had an active participation.
“He did not make the money alone. US agencies allowed him access to this money. He had direct relations with the CIA.”
These allegations are not completely new… In 1996, Gary Webb detailed the CIA- Drug connection in an investigative series “Dark Alliance” published by the San Jose Mercury News. Eventually, Gary Webb committed suicide; he shot himself twice in the head.
In 1989, the official US government investigation, headed by John Kerry, concluded:
“There was substantial evidence of drug smuggling through war zones on the part of individual Contras, Contra suppliers, Contra pilots, mercenaries who worked with the Contras, and Contra supporters throughout the region …
US officials in Central America failed to address this drug issue for fear of jeopardising the war efforts against Nicaragua … and senior US policymakers were not immune to the idea that drug money was a perfect solution to the Contras’ funding problems.”
The commission also found evidence that CIA agents were aware of cocaine-trafficking activities by Contras and did nothing about them.
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President Álvaro Uribe Vélez of Colombia — August 7, 2002 – August 7, 2010 — was a “close personal friend of Pablo Escobar”. In fact, they are related but the former President has dropped the ‘Escobar’ part of his name.
According to a 1991 DIA document, Alvaro Uribe — then a Senator — was “dedicated to collaboration with the Medellín [drug] cartel at high government levels.” (Note: Alvaro Uribe had been the mayor of Medellín when Escobar ‘owned’ the city.
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Juan Pablo Escobar also suggests that his father took his own life.
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