The former deputy director of Colombia’s intelligence agency DAS had
admitted the service was spying on the boss of the vice-Presidency’s
Human Rights office, vice-President Francisco Santos said Tuesday.
“I had a very hard confrontation with mister Narvaez, who then was adviser of the DAS [before becoming deputy director], wherein he told me he supposedly was wiretapping Carlos Franco. I kicked him out of the office,” Santos told radio station W Radio.
Santos says he never allowed the official back in his office again. However, Santos never denounced the wiretaps or took action against the illegal practice.
The former director of the DAS, Andres Peñate, also admitted to prosecutors that his service was spying on government opponents, a local radio station reported Monday.
The DAS is accused of illegally having spied on opposition
politicians, Supreme Court judges, human rights workers and even
members of the church and the UN refugee agency.