Operación Jaque: La Verdadera Historia
Spanish language - Detailed description of Operación Jaque/ Operation Checkmate in which radio operators and commanders of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colomba (FARC) were deceived by the Colombian Army into believing they were communicating with and receiving instructions from each other rather than, in reality, with intelligence officers. The FARC followed "orders"...more
Paperback, 285 pages
Published March 1st 2009 by Planeta
(first published 2008)
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This is the story of Operación Jaque (Operation Checkmate), the account of the Colombian Army's daring and ingenious undercover operation in which intelligence officers convinced FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) radio operators and leaders to hand over to a non-existent European humanitarian group 15 hostages (including Ingrid Betancourt and three American civilians) and a FARC commander and his bodyguard. Although US participation was claimed by the author to be very limited, in Ou...more
This is great account of the real events to recues 15 hostages (including Ingrid Betancourt), operation checkmate, that took place in Colombia in 2008. I loved the format counting cack in days to the D day, the rescue day. It was a very ingenious plot that made me admire military intelligence for the very first time in my life. The book is clear, well-written and impossible to put down.