On March 1 of this year, Colombian armed forces raided a camp of the rebel FARC guerilla group in Ecuador. The computers captured in that raid have produced information having ramifications in El Salvador.
As The Economist reports:
They represent only one side of a story, and most of their claims have yet to be independently corroborated. But Interpol has now concluded that the huge cache of e-mails and other documents recovered from the computers of Raúl Reyes, a senior leader of the FARC guerrillas killed in a Colombian bombing raid on his camp in Ecuador on March 1st, are authentic and undoctored. The documents throw new light on the inner workings of the FARC.
According to the Spanish newspaper, El Pais, which claims to have been provided with access to some of the electronic documents, there is evidence in the documents of a link between the FARC rebels and at least one senior FMLN official in El Salvador. Luis Merino is a top leader of the former guerrilla force FMLN and is now a member of the Central American parliament. The El Pais report cites a document stating that Merino put the FARC rebels into contact with Australian arms dealers who met with the FARC in the fall of 2007.
For his part, president Tony Saca condemned the FARC as a terrorist group and stated that his government would send investigators to Columbia to attempt to gain more information about any links between the FARC and parties in El Salvador.
I will write more about the impact of this story on Mauricio Funes' presidential campaign in an upcoming post.