Joran van der Sloot Suggests FBI Lured Him to Peru
Joran Van Der Sloot Says He Would Not Have Been in Peru if it Wasn't For the FBI
In another quote from Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, Joran Van Der Sloot has says that the FBI is the reason he was in Peru when Stephany Flores was killed.
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He told the paper that a man who called himself 'Garcia' invited him to come to Lima to play poker, and as Van Der Sloot really enjoys that game he took up the offer. He also said that this man suggested he worked for the FBI.
"Garcia arranged and paid for everything for me," he is quoted as saying to the newspaper. "Looking back, I can't believe I let myself be lured. I hardly knew that guy. It was just a setup."
The newspaper goes on to imply in their report that the video cameras that captured the images of Van Der Sloot outside his hotel room were planted by the FBI as part of a sting operation.
The FBI did reveal earlier that they had paid Van Der Sloot $25,000 as part of an undercover investigation after he tried to extort money from Natalee Holloway's mother.
However, according to ABC News who spoke to former FBI investigator and ABC consultant Brad Garrett it is unlikely that the FBI would go to such lengths in this case:
"I think the question is, could they have done it? Of course they could have done it," he said. "The real question is would they have done it, and the logical answer is probably, no."
Federal agents would need the approval of the Justice Department as well as Peru to operate in Lima, and have the cooperation of local police, he said.
"I'm not convinced it is even the type of case the FBI would put the energy into," Garrett said.
Joran Van Der Sloot has said he is surviving in prison, but he admits that it is his own fault he is in jail charged with the murder of 21-year-old Stephany Flores.