. July 7, 2008 SouthAmerica: As Ingrid Betancourt emerged after six-and-a-half years captivity one of the first people she thanked was Hugo Chavez. Why Hugo Chavez? Because the Venezuelan leader paid to Farc US$ 20 million dollars for the release of the 15 hostages. The Colombian government took the credit for the release of the hostages and they staged a fake rescue. CNN News has been showing the staged rescue over and over again. I wonder how many times they had to film the rescue until they got the footage to be shown on TV. They have footage of the hostages even before they got inside the helicopter that participated on this staged hostage rescue. Then when they were flying they captured on video the moment that Ingrid Betancourt was told that this was a real rescue mission and then you see the hostages reacting to that news. Sure. And CNN has been broadcasting this bullshit and we are supposed to believe on that version of the rescue. I guess the US$ 20 million dollars payment for the release of the hostages would not make a good story for the mainstream media and the various government involved on this deal don't want to encourage revolutionary groups to get more hostages and become a regular source of income for these groups. They had to come up with some silly official version of the rescue to keep everybody happy. Besides this official version is more appealing to Hollywood. There is some Hollywood company that is already planning to make a movie about this staged rescue. They want to reinforce on peoples minds that the official version of this rescue happened the way they told the mainstream media. It does not matter to Farc what the official version of the story has become since from their point of view they got paid US$ 20 million dollars and it did not matter how they got the hostages. If the Colombian government decided to stage this silly bloodless rescue to use it as propaganda â then they have accomplished their goal and everybody got something from this deal. .