The computers found in the camp of “Mono Jojoy,” the FARC‘s military commander who was killed in an air strike in September, reveal so much of the guerrilla organization they can be considered the rebels’ “WikiLeaks,” Colombia’s Armed Forces commander told newspaper El Espectador.
According to Colombia’ highest military official, “apart from being the FARC’s WikiLeaks, it is a clear testimony of their thinking and the evidence of all they have done against the Colombian people. There are eight terrabyte of information on the computers of Jojoy and another 80 and numerous seized USB sticks that show us how they think and how they tried to deceive the government and the country.”
Following the death of Mono Jojoy, the guerrillas changed tactics to “another form of terrorism. They have used bicycles, motorbikes, cars, donkeys and even corpses as bombs. What they are doing now is send bomb parcels … The strength of the FARC is the use of explosives and the mines that are hurting us. They have reached the point where they install mines in trees that rip off of part people’s head. This kind of terrorism shows a real weakness and an act of cowardice.
Of 315 soldiers who were killed this year, 97 lost their lives because of mines. Another 406 were injured, said Cely. “But we have intercepted 22,200 explosive devices, deactivated 191 minefields and six car bombs.”
Cely admitted that the FARC is still capable of doing serious harm, but that the ongoing fight against drug trafficking is making it increasingly difficult for teh guerrillas to make ends meet.
“The drug money is their food. The gangsters that accompanied Mono Jojoy calculated that when their budget would go below $10.4 million they would enter a depression. The FARC are weakened, but not beaten.” According to Cely, the FARC are internally collapsing. “Many of the leaders have run off with the drug money.”
“Alfonso Cano,” the FARC’s supreme leader is still in control of his organization, but not as firmly as his predecessor “Manuel Marulanda,” who founded the organization in 1964, said the Armed Forces Commander. “Apparently he doesn’t have the same influence as other leaders before him.”