Cablegate: Possible Surveillance of Us Residence in Bogota

This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.




E.O. 12958: N/A

1. (U) A. US Embassy-Bogot, Colombia

B. Incident occurred on 09 March 2004.

C. Embassy spouse observed individual taking pictures outside
their apartment building.

D. Spouse and maid observed the incident.

E. The SUBJECT is described as a white male, approximately 5
feet 9 inches, thin build, with long, dark hair pulled back
in a ponytail. The SUBJECT was wearing blue jean pants, and
a blue jean jacket.

F. The surveillance was detected at the apartment
complex located at Calle 84, #9-85, which is a
residence used by the US embassy for American employees.

G. 03/09/04-At approximately 1130 is an embassy
employee spouse, who resides in the
above-mentioned apartment, looked out of the 5th floor
apartment in search of some friends. The
spouse noticed an individual across the street
taking pictures of the entrance and the faade of the
building from different angles with what appeared
to be a digital camera. Upon discovering the spouse
observing him, the Subject turned around and began taking
pictures of other buildings. The spouse
drew the sheers across the window and began observing
the Subject from the side of the sheers. Once the sheers
were drawn, the Subject turned around and
continued taking pictures of the building. The spouse
informed the apartment doorman and asked him to approach the
Subject. The spouse, maid went down stairs
to place the trash on the street. Once the
Subject saw the maid exiting the building, he hid the camera
and took off heading north. RSO spoke with
the doorman. However, he was unable to leave his
area and had no information to report.

H. RSO office is still in the process of
investigating the incident to determine what security
measures to implement.

I. RSO office informed the roving patrol and the
surveillance detection team of the incident
and the description of the individual.

J. No action has been taken by the host nation.

2. (U) The POC for this matter is ARSO Kevin W. Murphy

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