Venezuela claims to have documents proving that Colombia intelligence agency planned to commit espionage within its borders.
Venezuelan Minister for the Interior Tareck El Aissami told the Venezuelan Congress that intelligence had uncovered evidence of “a spying operation against our country and others in the region,” Caracol Radio reported Thursday.
DAS Director Felipe Muñoz said Thursday that the Colombians detained – Eduardo González Muñoz and Angel Jacinto Carrero – do not belong to the Colombian intelligence agency and have previous convictions.
According to Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, the increase in the number of Colombian spies in Venezuela is part of a conspiracy against his government, orchestrated by U.S. intelligence agency CIA and the U.S. government.
Diplomatic relations between Colombia and Venezuela were frozen by President Chavez in July due to an agreement between Bogota and Washington regarding the use of seven Colombian military bases by U.S. troops.