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S E C R E T BOGOTA 005265SUBJECT: TAINTED RIME-5 OFFICERS DISMISSED
Classified By: Ambassador William B. Wood forreasons 1.4 (b) and (d).¶1. (S/NF) In January 2004, Colombian militaryofficials provided Army Commander Major GeneralCarreno with evidence that five officers from ArmyRegional Intelligence Center 5 (RIME-5), includingits commander, were collaborating with paramilitarygroups. The officers were suspected of sharingintelligence, coordinating operations, andproviding supplies to paramilitary elements in theArmy 5th Division's area of operations, whichincludes Bogota and the surrounding department ofCundinamarca. According to DAO reporting, Carrenoconsidered the evidence, which came from a formerArmy officer working with the paramilitaries,credible enough to order the five officers'immediate transfer to other units in March 2004.¶2. (S/NF) Embassy approached the Minister ofDefense on this issue asking that a more carefulinvestigation be carried out and more definitiveaction than mere transferal be taken. On May 20,Minister of Defense Uribe told Ambassador that,after further investigation, he had used hisdiscretionary authority -- which does not require