Thursday, July 03, 2008

How long until this is on the silver screen?

Ingrid is Free!
Originally uploaded by Tam O'Shanter*.
I didn't pay much attention to the release of the FARC hostages... and then I read this story from CNN: Old-fashioned fake-out results in freedom for hostages. It reads like an action movie.
Government agents posing as rebels tricked a gang of armed desperados into handing over 15 hostages during a rendezvous deep in Colombia's unforgiving jungle.

The Colombian government's bloodless rescue of the hostages Wednesday was the product of a perfectly executed ruse that depended on old-school spy games rather than high-tech gadgetry.

Agents spent months worming their way into the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, an insurgent force that has waged war on the Colombian state for 40 years, Gen. Freddy Padilla de Leon told CNN.

The agents gained the rebels' trust and rose to the top of FARC's leadership council as well as a team assigned to guard the hostages.

When the time was ripe, the moles used the authority they'd gained within the group to order the 15 hostages moved from three separate locations to one central area, and the game was on.

Now to see the movie...

1 comment:

  1. I would pay good money for the book or the movie. It's incredible that these guys not only survived their undercover time, but they even moved up enough in the hierarchy enough to gain sole custody of the hostages.