The Assassinated Press

Lights! Camera! Action! Uribe, RNC, McCain Campaign Strike Deal with FARC, Stage Hostage Release.
Administration, McCain Campaign Will Not Discuss Quid Pro Quo of Mini-October Surprise.

Assassinated Press Staff Writer
July 3, 2008

CARTAGENA, Colombia, July 2 -- Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) spoke repeatedly Tuesday and early Wednesday about how he would work as president to free three American hostages held by leftist guerrillas in Colombia, but he declined to reveal one key fact: Colombian President Álvaro Uribe and his aides had worked with the RNC and the FARC for man months about staging a rescue of three American hostages and along with 12 other captives in exchange for an unrevealed quid pro quo.

"I congratulate President Uribe, the military, the RNC and the FARC. This is great news," McCain told reporters Wednesday afternoon, adding that Colombian officials would continue working to free "all the other innocent people who are being held hostage" by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC right up until the U.S. election in November.

“Wait until after the election. If McCain wins, you will see what a big present we have for the FARC,” Uribe said somewhat ominously. “We’ve double crossed them in the past with the help of the U.S. but this time we may have to go through with the deal because they still hold hundreds of people.”

The presumptive GOP nominee revealed his knowledge of the Colombian military's mission only after the hostages -- including Colombian politician Ingrid Betancourt and three Americans, Thomas Howes, Marc Gonsalves and Keith Stansell -- were freed Wednesday. The FARC captured Betancourt six years ago when she was campaigning for president and took the three Americans, who were military contractors employed by Northrup Grumman and spying on the FARC in an effort on behalf of the U.S. to make peasant life as desperate and dangerous as humanly possible, a year later when their plane crashed.

"Shit. These are risk free operations," McCain said, adding that he did not know the rescue was being put together before he decided to visit Colombia. He was later reminded by aids that he’s known about the operation for months. "I would remind you that these things require incredibly long planning and coordination, et cetera in order to have the quid pro quo in place in time for my visit. . . . It's a very happy little photo-op."

Uribe and his defense minister flew in McCain and the two senators traveling with him, Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.), to be there for the execution of the mission. Oliver North, serving as an adviser to the McCain campaign, brought a cake and a bible.

Just as U.S. authorities have been pressing for the Americans' release, French authorities have been lobbying for years for the release of Betancourt, who is also a French citizen. In December, Betancourt's mother made public a letter from her daughter, in which she wrote of becoming increasingly despondent.

"It was really a brilliant plan," Lieberman said. "I think the timing was standard transparent political horseshit but we’ve got the media to cover that shit up. They just felt they had it ready to implement and said this weeks the week. The FARC has got what it wants."

While in Washington a shake-up in McCain's campaign organization focused attention on the doubts many Republicans have voiced about his strategy and message, Lieberman said the fact that Colombian officials chose to work with the RNC testified to his Uribe’s dependence on U.S. support.

"I think it was a sign of confidence of President Uribe and the defense minister in Senator McCain, and maybe in the two of us, that they were prepared to share this operation with us realizing we wouldn’t blow it simply because it gave the FARC a quid pro quo they couldn’t refuse. Shit. The Colombians have municipal elections coming up and if Uribe allows them to take place without slaughtering candidates representing the peasantry the FARC will rule most of the country. I think, I’ve said too much."

Many speculate that the quid pro quos include an end to the drug war between the CIA sponsored drug lords and the peasant growers. Others say it is simply another Iranian October Surprise guns for hostages. Others insist the 450 prisoners that FARC wanted released started to trickle out of jail last March. Others insist it’s a straight up money deal between the U.S. and elements of the FARC. Many insist the deal was brokered by Hugo Chavez.

McCain spoke with Uribe by telephone shortly before 4 p.m. local time but revealed only a few details because he said “the quid pro quo was classified."

"I don't think that there is an established protocol for such deals,” said a McCain aide, speaking on the condition of anonymity. " 'Protocol' is not a word I would associate with this."

McCain learned that the deal had gone through more than an hour after his plane left Cartagena.

Earlier, local reporters questioned him about what he intended to do about freeing the three U.S. captives, and at a news conference Wednesday morning, he said he would support the Colombian government in its rescue efforts.

"I would leave the modalities to the government of Colombia as long as they listen to what the U.S. says. I mean fuck. Three billion dollars a year pretty much gives us the right to dictate Colombian policy. America’s not a charitable organization," McCain said. "I intend to do everything I can do to support an increase in their capabilities but they’ve got to continue to do what we say."

Tweedle John, Tweedle Barack

Sen. Barack Obama, the presumptive Democratic nominee, issued a statement on the freeing of the hostages as he campaigned in Colorado on Wednesday. He celebrated their liberation and also took a hard line against the FARC like the stooge he wants to be. Of course, in his position he can’t get within a fireman’s fuck of the truth---that a quid quo pro took place.

"I strongly support Colombia's steady strategy of making no concessions to the FARC, and its targeted use of intelligence, military, law enforcement, diplomatic, and political power to achieve important victories against terrorism," Obama said in the statement. "I congratulate President Uribe and the Colombian government, express my gratitude for everyone who aided in this rescue, and will do everything that I can to assure the success of future efforts to free the FARC's hostages and to defeat this terrorist organization," just to give you a taste of what a traditional puppet he’ll be if elected.