Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has ridiculed an investigation into his possible ties to the Colombian rebel group, FARC.

Colombian officials say computer files found during their raid on a FARC rebel camp inside Ecuador early this month link Mr. Chavez to the group.  The international police organization Interpol is investigating the files.

Mr. Chavez said during a national address Monday that computer files are not trustworthy, and he joked that people should not be surprised if pictures turn up showing him with al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden.

Venezuela and Ecuador broke diplomatic ties with Colombia three weeks ago after it staged the cross-border attack on FARC rebels inside Ecuador.  

The crisis has since eased and ties have been restored.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.