Another "War on Drugs" debacle comes to light
On March 6 WikiLeaks released a series of cables from the US State Department in Washington and the US Embassy in Bogota, about a Colombian company that wanted a permit to import what Washington considers sensitive US defense technologies. The company, Vertical de Aviacion, was a subcontractor of US mercenary corporation DynCorp and direct contractor with the Colombian government. It also was a direct contractor with the US Southern Command and a subcontractor in the US war in Afghanistan. Very important in the Latin American way of doing business, it also had key family ties: its owner, or purported owner, Byron López Salazar, is the son-in-law of former Colombian President and current OAS Secretary General Cesar Gaviria.