More details on the amazing rescue by the Colombian military of hostages held by the terrorists of FARC:
Colombian military intelligence agents posing as aid workers and a media crew flew to the jungle aboard a white helicopter, staging a mock humanitarian mission that rebels were told would ferry their hostages to another camp for talks on a prisoner swap.
The would-be envoys had honed their accents in acting lessons: Italian, Arab, Caribbean Spanish, and Australian English _ "identical to Crocodile Dundee," Colombian Defense Minister Juan Manuel Santos said Friday as he explained how the military duped the rebels into turning over 15 hostages.
Santos said military intelligence agents had infiltrated the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, so that guerrillas believed the hostages were being moved on the orders of top rebel leader Alfonso Cano for negotiations on a prisoner exchange. To play their roles, some soldiers wore Che Guevara T-shirts.
Video filmed during the rescue shows the hostages filing grim-faced toward the helicopter in a grassy clearing fringed with a coca field, then embracing and weeping with joy after they are aloft and realize they are free.
They even worked on the accents — now that’s attention to detail! Hmmm… some have compared this operation to the Israeli rescue-raid on Entebbe Airport, Uganda, and there have been reports of Israeli-Colombian military cooperation. Could this have been the fruits of such cooperation? Possibly. We’ve also been working with the Colombians, but neither possibility should take away from their accomplishment here. This operation was 100% "pure Colombian," as they used to say in the old coffee commercials.
(hat tip: Hot Air)
Here’s video of the Colombian news conference (in Spanish) showing the deception operation going off perfectly:
Fausta has a translation of the dialog on the video filmed by the Colombian soldier posing as a Venezuelan reporter.