Monday, February 23, 2009

Colombian prosecutors probe illegal wiretap scandal

reuters

BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombian state prosecutors swooped on headquarters of the national intelligence agency on Sunday to probe charges that rogue agents illegally wiretapped politicians and judges as a paid favor to drug traffickers.

The telephone bugging accusations are the latest scandal to rock the state security agency, known as DAS, and could further stain President Alvaro Uribe's campaign to stamp out corruption of state law enforcement in the world's top cocaine supplier.

"I have ordered a probe of the DAS interception systems and controls," Attorney General Mario Iguaran told reporters. "If necessary, because the seriousness of this case, we could suspend operations in the DAS interception rooms."

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