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Video scandal jolts Colombia's presidential campaign

Published on May 19, 2014 7:59 AM

BOGOTA (AFP) - A video showing Colombia's main opposition presidential candidate receiving apparently confidential information from a hacker jolted the campaign Sunday.

Oscar Ivan Zuluaga - who opposes President Juan Manuel Santos's peace process with leftist rebels - is pictured in a leaked video speaking with hacker Andres Sepulveda, who recently was arrested for intercepting intelligence on players in the peace process.

"What are we looking at? Information from the intelligence side... This is just an example. It is the military record of the people negotiating in Havana," Sepulveda, with his back to the camera, is seen showing a man - identified as Zuluaga - on a screen in the video released by newsmagazine Semana.

Zuluaga, candidate of the Democratic Center founded by former president Alvaro Uribe (2002-2010), called the video "a vulgar sham... to sully his campaign" ahead of the May 25 vote.

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