Trump denies Washington role in Venezuelan ‘invasion’ after 2 US mercenaries nabbed in botched assassination plan
…from Russia Today, Moscow
[ Editor’s Note: First off, let me put a bullet in the use of the invasion word, which we used yesterday when referencing the initial news reports. It was not an invasion, but an “incursion” of a theoretical covert operation team, a kangaroo one.
VT can safely say that the Pentagon had nothing to do with it. Even the worst of the West Point grads would never have had anything to do with this rag tag throwaway crew.
We do not see a shred of the talent necessary to have attempted to pull off a presidential kidnapping stunt, even though team leader Luke Denman says their initial objective was to secure an airport from which to extricate Maduro.
That would indicate that a real team of SEAL level professionals would have already been in country to make the Maduro snatch. But no SEAL team operation would ever have been risked with these yoyos involved.
Jordan Goudreau’s head was in the clouds, in a situation totally beyond his skill set, as noticed quickly by some of his merc trainers in Puerto Rico. The Venezuelan army deserters were untrained and underfed. Even the bomb sniffing dogs being trained were underfed.
You just can’t make this shit up, but our top witness was the leader of the band of fools Luke Denman’s video confession today. I won’t spoil your watching the video, but in it Denman admits seeing the contract signed with the US puppet Guaidó with Jordan Goudreau for the 300 man invasion from Columbia in 2019 that also failed miserably.
Would Guaidó have tried to run an operation like this in the middle of a dicey re-election campaign for Trump, without Trump’s knowing what was going on, when Guaidó owes his existence to him?
What could Trump’s motivation be for such a hair-brained scam? All I can think of is a diversion from his tragic Covid management, by dreaming of Maduro in chains being delivered back to him to scoop the news, and claiming he did it all with the help of a few great Americans and of course money stolen from the Venezuelan people to fund it.
How much of all the millions turned over to Guaido do you think he had to share with the current US regime facilitators? When do you think we will ever see an accounting for all the Venezuelan accounts snatched?
Only a Democratic victory would open that door, and Biden having a good Secret Service detail. We will wait and see what Congress does about this when they are so distracted. I fear not much.
As for the Trump regime, Pompeo gave us a hint with his statement that all US tools would be made available to get the two Americans back, who are headed for trial soon.
Such an operation would entail killing any Venezuelans necessary to complete the mission. If Trump had nothing to do with it, then why would the US pledge to bail out these two apparently rogue operators who were not serving their country, but mercenaries trying to make a quick buck? …Jim W. Dean ]
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– First published … May 06, 2020 –
Kidnapping Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and bringing him to the US was the objective of a failed incursion into the country, one of the two captured US mercenaries said in an interrogation tape released by state TV.
Two employees of Florida-based security firm, Silvercorp, have been detained by Venezuelan forces in connection with the failed invasion.
The only instructions he received before Sunday’s botched operation was to take control of the airport in order to facilitate the transfer of Maduro to the US, Luke Denman, one of the detained Americans, said in the footage.
Denman also claimed that there was a good payout waiting for him following the successful completion of the risky mission. “I expected anywhere from $50,000 to $100,000,” he said.
Maduro announced on Wednesday that Denman and fellow Silvercorp employee, Airan Berry, will go on trial in Venezuela. Caracas will also be demanding Washington extradite Silvercorp boss, Jordan Goudreau, as he was the one who allegedly coordinated the actions of the mercenaries.
In his comments after the broadcast of the interrogation tape, Maduro insisted that “Donald Trump is the direct chief of this invasion.”
Washington has made little secret of its desire to see Venezuela’s socialist president removed from power. It has been actively supporting opposition figure Juan Guaido, who declared himself ‘interim president’ in January 2019, and it even offered a reward of $15 million for any information leading to Maduro’s arrest.
However, Trump was quick to deny any involvement by the US administration in the failed Venezuelan incursion.
On Wednesday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pledged that the White House would use “every tool” in order to bring the two Americans – who used to serve in US special operations forces – back home.
Denman and Berry, along with 11 other ‘foreign mercenaries’, were arrested by Venezuelan security forces on Monday as they were intercepted while allegedly trying to reach the country’s shore by speedboat.