Sunday, May 16, 2021

Colombian senators seek protection after surveillance report

Colombian Sen. Antonio Sanguino moves around town in a bullet-proof vehicle, with three pistol-packing bodyguards watching over him as he attends meetings and political rallies.

But the leftist senator says that while the bodyguards protect him from assassination attempts, they have been unable to neutralize another type of threat: Sanguino believes Colombia’s intelligence services have been intercepting his phone calls, looking at his emails and tracking his WhatsApp chats since early last year, and sending that information to the nation’s governing party.

On Friday, he joined two other opposition senators who are presenting evidence of alleged illegal espionage to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and seeking protective measures from the Washington-based organization.

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