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How did Diego Serna, a former seminary student turned rebel, get that close?

“The bizarre case surfaced Monday, when a Colombian television station aired footage of a May ceremony at Bogota’s National Museum at which Colombian President Andres Pastrana and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez were seated together at a table. Helping to push in Chavez’s chair and then standing behind the two leaders during the ceremony was a thin, nerdy man with glasses and a dark, rumpled suit. His presence, apparently as part of the security detail, raised no suspicions at the time. But on closer inspection, the man behind the presidents is the same man Colombia’s secret service presented to the media earlier this month as an alleged guerrilla deserter who revealed an assassination plot against a Colombian presidential candidate, Alvaro Uribe.”

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Grant Barrett