Merchant of Death Tried to Sell UAVs to Hit U.S.Targets



Douglas Farah over at the Counterterrorism Blog points out an interesting little aspect in the case of Viktor "Merchant of Death" Bout, the world's most notorious illegal arms dealer who was shipped to the U.S. to face charges today.

Among the routine arms smuggling charges Bout is facing are accusations that he was trying to sell UAVs to the Colombian FARC guerilla movement for the purpose of attacking U.S.-built radar facilities in Latin America, according to Farah.

Among the things he offered the undercover operatives in the final meeting in Bangkok, believing them to be FARC commanders, were drones to attack U.S.-build (sic) radar stations, surface-to-air missiles, and the usual assortment of assault rifles and ammunition.
The radar sites Farah refers to may be those operated under the CIA's Air Bridge Denial Program, aimed at tracking narcotics flights in the region.

Here's Farah's whole post on the matter.

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