Controversy Erupts Over WhatsApp Chat Between Colombian Ambassador and President Petro: Latest Updates

2023-06-02 13:10:00

Strong tension remains in the National Government over the situation of Laura Sarabia, the former nanny who worked for her, and the Colombian ambassador to Venezuela, Armando Benedetti, who this time unleashed another controversy over the chat that was revealed by mistake between him and the President of the Republic, Gustavo Petro.

The President of the Republic would make the official announcement of the departure of the two officials this Friday. | Photo: Presidency of the Republic.

Armando Benedetti: Okay. …I’m calm!

Gustavo Petro: For today it is silence of both. We’ll see how things work out.

Armando Benedetti: Okay! My president!

Armando Benedetti: I’m sorry to bother you, but the chancellor is taking out all my trips, the private plane thing, etc. It’s Laura!… and I’m silent.

This was the conversation that appeared on Benedetti’s WhatsApp status, which reveals that, despite the fact that the president has asked for silencethe discomfort of the officials, perhaps closer to the president, is enormous.

Semana revealed the details of the meeting held by both Armando Benedetti and Laura Sarabia with President Petro. The appointment began at 10:00 p.m., after the Attorney General of the Nation, Francisco Barbosa, denounced the alleged pokes of which not only Laura Sarabia’s former babysitter had been victims, but also her service employee. .

Due to the above, Barbosa stated that these practices were similar to those of the fearsome Gestapo in Germany, for which reason he described them as “grotesque”.

Regarding the meeting in the Palace, which took place for the first time, among officials, after the publication of Revista Semana, it was learned that the meeting was tense and that the head of state’s first solution was that both Sarabia and Benedetti had to leave.

The meeting of Laura Sarabia, Armando Benedetti and President Petro took place last Thursday, June 1, at 10:00 p.m. | Photo: The country

It is worth mentioning that both the President and the Ambassador, They strengthened their friendship and trust during Petro’s campaign, until they became the shadow of the now Colombian president.

It is worth remembering that Sarabia accused Benedetti of being the leaker and of being behind the complaints of the ex-nanny, who at some point also worked for him. For his part, Armando Benedetti, asserted that it was Laura, who leaked information against him to various media to try to discredit him and appease the scandal.

In the end, President Petro warned them that This Friday he would inform the country of his decision to try to avert this scandal that entangles the Government.

Minister of Defense rejected the ‘shots’

Faced with the ‘heated’ situation, the Minister of Defense, Iván Velásquez, also spoke out and described this fact as “regrettable”, recalling that he was the victim of this type of interception, under a mechanism similar to the one that is now being revealed against the former employee of Sarabia.

Velásquez asked the Police to expedite the investigations into the pranks against the former babysitter as quickly as possible. | Photo: Sebastian Barros/NurPhoto

“It has to be discovered who gave the order. This is not a matter for a Dijín investigator, who does not exactly have the initiative to do what happened,” Velásquez said, explaining that this was the order he gave to the director of the National Police, General William Salamanca.

In the same way, he asked the Attorney General’s Office to carry out with “all speed” the respective investigations that are already underway, although he stressed that the corresponding investigations must also be carried out within the Police.

“This government does not tolerate illegal interceptions. Many of us who are part of the government now suffered in the past, in previous governments, illegal practices of this nature. And this cannot be repeated in the country”, declared Velásquez.

Finally, Velásquez promised to take the issue to the last instance, so that the truth of the matter is known: “If we do not know the truth, there is always the possibility of repetition of the facts. And it is a commitment that I assume. It is a commitment assumed by the General Director of the Police. It is a commitment that the government assumes. We are going to discover the truth of this illegal interception.”

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