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Jan 172008

Update as of 8:30 PM: “La W” radio still has the story at the top of their website, nearly 12 hours later, but with nothing new to report. Further results of calling around indicate that those who would normally be expected to have heard something, haven’t heard anything. 

Another post from my Colombia trip will be forthcoming, but “La W,” one of Colombia’s main radio stations, just posted this to its website.

I’ve made a couple of calls, and have been told that while we should keep our fingers crossed, we should wait for official word from the FARC before believing this to be true. “Exclusives” for Colombian radio stations are not the way the FARC has traditionally made such things known.

January 17, 2008 8:57 AM

FARC will free more hostages
Source: Asdrubal Guerra

La W has learned exclusively that in Venezuela in a few hours, the FARC will announce the handover of new kidnap victims.

Among those who will be freed are one of the three U.S. contractors and another four hostages who are in grave health conditions.

Upon being asked about the issue, Senator Piedad Córdoba said that prudence is necessary, and she abstained from confirming it.

“After all that has happened with the previous liberations, the relatives are immensely concerned that this must have a happy ending, and for that reason I thing that much discretion is needed,” the Liberal senator said from Venezuela.

Developing story.

While this is an exciting possibility, at this point we second Senator Córdoba’s call for prudence and discretion.

3 Responses to “Time to cross fingers again”

  1. jcg Says:

    I honestly hope this is true and actually becomes a reality, but I agree…it’s too early to tell if FARC has truly made this decision and, subsequently, if such a liberation will actually happen.

  2. Kyle Says:

    I have to say the same. It may be too early to tell but I seriously hope that more hostages are freed ASAP. I’ll start to troll other Colombian outlets to try to confirm anything now.

  3. Kyle Says:

    Bloomberg has something, so does El Espectador and El Pais. They confirm nothing though as they just quote the announcement from La W and no other sources. The FARC are supposed to make an announcement later, which is our only way of knowing. Again, hoping for the best over here.

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