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Cablegate: Media Reaction: Detained American Servicemen

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301154Z Aug 05

UNCLAS BOGOTA 008157

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: KMDR KPAO OPRC PREL SNAR PGOV CO
SUBJECT: MEDIA REACTION: DETAINED AMERICAN SERVICEMEN


Leading editorial in weekly Semana (8/29) entitled: "A Happy
Ending For The 'Narcosoldiers'," states:

"Taking advantage of their presence in Colombia... the
(American) soldier and the three sergeants... had built up a
cocaine distribution net. Ironically, they trained Colombian
soldiers to fight against drugs... In contrast, the
Colombian " mules" who arrive in civilian airplanes, usually
with smaller amounts (of cocaine) and without criminal
records, receive an average of 12 years of jail in the
United States... That is what is so discouraging about this
case. It is obvious that the crime of the American soldiers
is more serious than that of the Colombian civilians."

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