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Colombian Intelligence Unit Used U.S. Equipment to Spy on Politicians, Journalists


BOGOTÁ, Colombia—An army intelligence unit provided with U.S. surveillance equipment to fight Marxist rebels and drug traffickers here used the assets throughout 2019 to spy on political opponents, government officials, journalists and human-rights activists, people familiar with the operations and their targets said.

The allegations led the Defense Ministry to purge 11 officers from the intelligence unit, and at least one general resigned. The U.S. supplied listening devices and other equipment, along with hundreds of thousands…

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