Colombian military personnel linked to former President Alvaro Uribe spied on President Juan Manuel Santos’ emails, arrested computer programmer Andres Fernando Sepulveda said in an interview in the current issue of Semana magazine.
When asked about who spied on Santos’ email, Sepulveda, who worked on the campaign of former presidential candidate Oscar Ivan Zuluaga - the presidential candidate of the center-right Democratic Center party, an Uribe vehicle, in the 2014 presidential vote - responded that it was “Andromeda.”
“Andromeda” was the name of an intelligence front operation used by the military to conduct legal spying but it was closed down when it was discovered that its personnel were also conducting illegal activities.
Santos acknowledged early this year that some of his personal emails had been hacked.
“Andromeda’s objective ... was to know what the president was doing, how he was doing it, when he was doing it, from his electronic messages,” said Sepulveda in the interview.
Last February, the magazine reported that Colombian military personnel spied on the government negotiators at the peace talks with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, guerrillas launched by Santos that have been under way in Havana since 2012.
Sepulveda was arrested on May 5 and accused of “managing an illegal office dedicated to intercepting emails from between those close to the peace dialogues in Havana,” according to the Colombian AG’s Office.
In the Semana interview, Sepulveda also said that the order he was given by the Uribe-founded Democratic Center campaign was to attack anything that was not compatible with the ideas of Uribismo.
That included attacking - via the social networks - politicians, Attorney General Eduardo Montealegre, Bogota Mayor Gustavo Petro and other prominent personalities within Colombian society.