Probe shows Colombia's Duque tried to block Petro's election campaign
Petro is requesting the Prosecutor's Office to carry out an "in-depth investigation" into the allegations which he likened to "Watergate".
An investigation launched by Colombian channel Noticias 1 proved that former President Iván Duque was allegedly involved in an attempt by intelligence to block the electronic communications pertaining to the presidential campaign team of Gustavo Petro during the elections.
In light of that, Colombian president Gustavo Petro requested the Prosecutor's Office to carry out an "in-depth investigation" into the allegations which he likened to "Watergate", recalling the White House's attempt to wiretap former President Richard Nixon's opponents, which led to his resignation.
Last June, the leader of the Historical Pact posted on Twitter that the Semana newspaper was "desperate" due to his obtaining and publishing "evidence" of illegal recordings.
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At the time, Petro pointed the finger at the Government of Iván Duque in the "chuzadas," which is a term in Colombia referring to institutional espionage.
SEMANA revela las verdaderas razones que llevaron al Gobierno a retirar al comandante del Ejército, general Nicacio Martínez. Habría precipitado su salida el uso ilegal de sofisticados equipos para espiar a políticos, magistrados, generales y periodistas. https://t.co/cDHUBdtWAj pic.twitter.com/xQwHgrwFL2— Revista Semana (@RevistaSemana) January 11, 2020
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