Quico says: How else to interpret Chávez’s declaration that the stories about FARC funding Rafael Correa’s election campaign are “a great falsehood”? After all, it’s Mono Jojoy on that video reading Tirofijo’s letter explicitly admitting that. So is Chávez’s point that Mono Jojoy is lying to his own guerrilleros about what Marulanda wrote? Or that Marulanda was lying to Mono Jojoy (and, by implication also to his fighters) by writing knowing falsehoods to them? Or both?
Or is the party line going to be that, somehow, the guy who looks and sounds exactly like Mono Jojoy on the video isn’t Mono Jojoy?
Chávez doesn’t say, of course. Cuz rule one of chavismo is never to acknowledge you’ve been caught with your hand in the cookie jar even when EVERYBODY can see you’ve been caught with your hand in the cookie jar.
Still, we’d like to know…now that he’s publicly insulted two of their top leaders, how will Chávez’s relationship with FARC weather this storm?
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