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Wiretaps halted at spy agency

February 27, 2009|Times Wire Reports

President Alvaro Uribe said he had ordered a halt to wiretapping by Colombia's domestic intelligence agency as an eavesdropping scandal prompted a fourth agency official to resign.

Fernando Tabares was head of the Administrative Security Department's intelligence branch for 18 months.

Uribe said the national police would take over wiretaps conducted on behalf of the spy agency, which answers directly to the president.

The move follows renewed allegations of illegal surveillance of prominent journalists, Supreme Court justices and opposition politicians. Uribe's office denies that he authorized any illegal interceptions.

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