Colombian Army soldiers in training exercises.
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The Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency have provided covert help to Colombia’s government to hunt down and kill leaders of a leftist rebel group. The Washington Post’s Dana Priest reported on the secret program in a big story published over the weekend.
In 2003, after the Bush administration authorized the covert program, the CIA and NSA began providing real-time intelligence to the Colombian government to help their battle against the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, better known by their Spanish acronym, FARC. The program, which targets a U.S.-declared terrorist organization, has been kept secret from the public, and the Obama administration has continued it.