Betancourt told the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. in an exclusive interview scheduled for broadcast Monday night that she represented everything her captors despised.
"I was a politician. They hated politicians," she said. "I was a person with some education. They had none, so they thought I (had) a privileged social background and they hated me for that."
Betancourt, a former Columbian presidential candidate, was captured by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia (FARC) in 2002. She and 14 other hostages were rescued last year by a group of Columbia military agents posting as FARC members.
"Sometimes I had one person that was human, and it was like a gift," Betancourt said. "But mostly they were trained to be very cold, cruel."
Betancourt was in Canada to receive several awards.