Colombian Hacker Gets 10 Years for Spying on FARC Peace Talks

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EspañolOn Friday, March 10, a Colombian court sentenced hacker AndrĂ©s SepĂșlveda to 10 years in prison as part of a plea agreement after admitting to spying on representatives of both the government and the FARC guerrilla during peace negotiations.

Colombian hacker AndrĂ©s SepĂșlveda said he was not sorry for spying on the FARC.
Colombian hacker AndrĂ©s SepĂșlveda said he was not sorry for spying on the FARC. (YouTube)

The court convicted SepĂșlveda of espionage, illegal wiretapping, malicious use of software, breaching communications, and unauthorized access to classified information.

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“There is no debate that he committed the crimes,” said the judge, adding that it was “evident” SepĂșlveda “put national security a risk.”

SepĂșlveda cut a deal with prosecutors in February that limited his prison term to 10 years in exchange for providing information that could help Colombian authorities.

Investigators linked SepĂșlveda to various espionage activities, including attempts to sabotage the FARC peace talks, and have held him in jail since May 2014.

According to the investigation, then-presidential candidate Óscar IvĂĄn Zuluaga hired SepĂșlveda to carry out a smear campaign against President Juan Manuel Santos during the 2014 presidential campaign.

Before the judge read the sentence, SepĂșlveda expressed remorse for his actions and apologized to the police, military, and the Attorney General’s Office. He said, however, that he was not sorry for spying on the FARC. “While I’m alive, I will never express a good opinion of them,” he wrote.

SepĂșlveda intercepted the communications of top-ranking FARC commander Rodrigo “Timochenko” Londoño and former Senator Piedad CĂłrdooba. The hacker told authorities that former President Álvaro Uribe was aware of his operations, and that Zuluaga paid him to undermine the peace process.

Sources: Europapress, Noticias Caracol.

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