BOGOTA, Colombia — Former Colombian President Alvaro Uribe was ready to order troops to cross into Venezuela and capture rebel leaders in 2008, according to a secret US document released by WikiLeaks.
Uribe also told visiting US congressmen, according to another newly released document, that Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez represented a threat to South America similar to the one Adolf Hitler once posed to Europe.
Uribe believed "the best counter to Chavez ... remains action — including use of the military," according to a Jan. 28, 2008, report from the US Embassy in Bogota that was published Friday by the Spanish newspaper El Pais. The newspaper provided links to the documents, which have not been posted on the Wikileaks site.
Uribe "said he was prepared to authorize Colombian forces to cross into Venezuela, arrest FARC leaders, and bring them to justice in Colombia," according to the report.