The Raul Reyes files are exactly like the Wikileaks files. There may be edits, inaccuracies and fabrications in there, but it can’t all be fake. And most likely, none of it is fake. And yet, there are tidbits in there that are almost too weird to be true.
There are probably lots of interesting political stories in there. But all we care about around here is oil. So I’ll leave the political hand-wringing to others (see this and this) and cut to the oily mess.
Here is a paragraph from document I.244:
Se conversó con Luis García que es el encargado de Petróleos de Venezuela en 7 Estados Pone la casa y transporte a disposición y dice que el peor daño al transporte del crudo se produce cuando se corta la energía a los Machines ya que el daño es devastador porque se queman las máquinas de succión dice que esto es mucho mejor, más costosa la reparación y poco daño ecológico y el tiempo de poner a producir nuevamente se tripica. Este dato lo paso por si se puede hacer el ensayo y mirar los resultados.
Translation, trying to keep something like the informal grammar of the original:
A conversation was had with Luis Garcia, who is in charge of Petroleos de Venezuela in seven states. He offered the house and transport and says the worst damage to crude transport is caused when energy is cut from the Machines, as the damage is devastating because it burns the suction equipment and says this is much better, more costly in repair and doesn’t damage the environment and the time to get back to production is tripled. I give you this item in case it can be tried out and see the results.
I sent the quote to PDVSA for comment, I’ll let you know if they get back to me. I have been unable to confirm that a Luis García was in charge of PDVSA in the region, and in fact on extensive searching haven’t found any solid reference to a Luis García at PDVSA. So not confirmed. But interesting.
One odd aspect to that one is that it is dated September 12, 2001. For those of you too young to remember, let’s just say that the news was dominated that day by an unrelated terrorist attack, one that didn’t have quite so much concern about avoiding environmental damage. (Thanks to LB for catching the typo in this paragraph, now corrected.)
Another fun one, dated May 24, 2004:
Nos reunimos con el emisario Chino. El muestra la mejor disposición y manifiesta que se debe enviar un hombre de FARC a China el 15 de junio para mostrar lo que ellos tienen y mirar en el terreno calidades que suplan nuestras necesidades. Sería atendido por la gente del Partido que trabaja la Inteligencia. Plantea que cualquier negocio sería pagado por adelantado o por carta de crédito. Antes se había reunido… Allí llegaron al acuerdo de enviar petróleo a China y que los chinos pagarían parte en armamento. Al parecer lo correspondiente a una “comisión”. Al chino se le planteó que como ellos recibían el petróleo, nosotros, para evitar enredos le cancelaríamos a los venezolanos la parte nuestra. El aceptó.
Which I would translate as:
We met with the Chinese emissary. He demonstrated the best intentions and said a a man from the FARC should be sent to China June 15 to demonstrate what they have and see on-site qualities that fulfill our needs. He’ll be attended by people from the Party who work in Intelligence. It’s foreseen that any deal would be paid in advance or by credit card. Before, a meeting was held … There it was agreed to send oil to China and that the Chinese would pay part in arms. It would seem to be a “commission” [kickback]. To the Chinese man, it is foreseen that as they receive oil, we, to avoid getting entangled, we would pay the Venezuelans our part. He accepted.
Well, that’s a different take on the Venezuela-China oil deals, isn’t it.
And then there is this one, which to my mind is the weirdest thing I have seen in this whole collection. This is dated Nov 23, 2000, after the Bush-Gore election but long before the winner had been finally chosen by the Supreme Court:
Plantea que para el día 6 de diciembre llega a Caracas una delegación de republicanos de los EEUU quienes financiaron la campaña de Bush y están ligados a la industria petrolera y muy agradecidos con Chávez por los precios que defiende a nivel internacional del crudo. Que de ganar la presidencia, esa fracción republicana, buscaría la salida de los asesores gringos de Colombia. Han planteado que desean conversar con nosotros. De darse esto le propongo que Olga y mi persona hagamos escala en Caracas procedentes de Roma para atender el caso. Abrazos RYCHY
Its foreseen for December 6 that a delegation will arrive in Caracas of US Republicans linked to the oil industry and very grateful to Chavez for the crude oil prices that he defends at the international level. Upon winning the presidency, this Republican faction would seek to withdraw gringo advisors from Colombia. It’s been foreseen that they want to converse with us. To do this, I propose to you that Olga and I make a stop in Caracas on our way from Rome to attend to the case. Hugs, RYCHY
RYCHY, aka Rodrigo Granda, then did send more e-mails on Dec. 6 2000, but they are so heavily edited there’s no way to know whether the meetings happened. Come on, people. I want more. How did this Hollywood script set-up play out?
Or did Raul Reyes put this document in there as a form of “black propaganda” against the US? Or did the Colombians put it there because no one would believe they ever would have put it there, boosting credibility for the laptop data? Or maybe Raul Reyes was actually — that’s right — not Raul Reyes at all, but “Edward Kimberly, Anthea’s reckless brother! Edward Kimberly, who’s finally vindicated his sister’s good name.” (See minutes 98-102. You’ll be glad you did.)