Terrorist and Diplomates: The Seige in Bogata;THE MAN IS INSIDE: Outmaneuvering the Terrorists.
By Diego and Nancy Asencio with Ron Tobias. Atlantic-Little, Brown. 244 pp. $17.50
The Washington Post February 13, 1983, Sunday, Final Edition
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By KAREN DEYOUNG; KAREN DeYOUNG is foreign editor of The Washington Post
ON FEBRUARY 27, 1980, terrorists belonging to a Colombian guerrilla group called the M-19 broke into a diplomatic reception in Bogot,a, took scores of people hostage at gunpoint and demanded the liberation of 311 imprisoned colleagues and $50 million. Fifteen of the hostages were ambassadors, among them U.S. Ambassador to Colombia Diego Asencio.
As a news story, the Colombian siege was somewhat overshadowed by the simultaneous captivity of American hostages in Tehran, not to mention by Abscam, Afghanistan and the wildly fluctuating price of gold. "The world at large was edgy," Asencio recalls, and events in Bogota seemed just a sign of the times. After 61 days, the hostages were released unharmed by their captors, who got no prisoners in exchange and a modest $1.2 million ransom.( Read more...Collapse )