After the presentation of the Interpol report on May 15, 2008, several articles have been published with serious inconsistencies and misleading conclusions linking Venezuela with the FARC. Hence, some analysts seemed to have ignored key points in the report. Some of these points clearly state that “the accuracy and source of the user files contained in the eight seized FARC computer exhibits are and always have been outside the scope of INTERPOL’s computer forensic examination.” Moreover, the doubtful assertion that the computers were not tampered is taken for granted, even when the report reassures that more than FORTY THOUSAND files were manipulated between the 1st and the 3rd of March 2008. Nothing is said in the report about the life of these computers and hard drives before the Colombian government handed them over to Interpol. You will find attached to this email a Fact Sheet that analyzes and contrasts carefully the findings of the technicians with the declarations of some Colombian authorities and the General Secretary of Interpol, Ronald Noble. I hope you will find it useful. Many questions remain to be answered, such:
- How it is possible that, within hours of the violation of Ecuadorian territory, the head of Colombia’s National Police could unequivocally announce that they had found computers with information that linked the government of Venezuela with FARC, if the Interpol report stated that it would take more than 1,000 years to go through all the files? How did they manage to find those alleged documents among millions of them and establish such connections?
- Why do the declarations of the General Secretary of Interpol, Ronald Noble, contradict findings of the Interpol technicians, such as the reference to the source of the computers, hard drivers and USB?
- Why were thousands of system files manipulated in most of the exhibits, as described in pages 30 to 33 of the report?