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US Espionage in Venezuela: Preparing a Coup

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US Espionage in Venezuela: Preparing a Coup

US citizen Timothy Tracy was arrested by the Bolivarian Intelligence Service (SEBIN) 25 on April of this year at Maiquetia airport when he wanted to leave Venezuela. The arrest was carried out on the direct instructions of President Nicolas Maduro, who was reported on the suspicious activity of an American on several fronts: intelligence gathering, incitement to anti-government riots, financing extremist organizations ...


Tracey arrived in Venezuela in September 2012, under cover of the legend, as a documentary filmmaker, ostensibly to cover an election campaign in which Hugo Chavez and opposition candidate Enrique Capriles were the main contenders for the presidency. From the very first days of his stay in Venezuela, Tracy behaved outside the box. He never appeared in the Association of Foreign Journalists (APEX). Even independent journalists consider it necessary to register with APEX, as this makes it easier to work in the country, but Tracy did not do this, not wanting to attract additional attention.

Tracy was well versed in Caracas, without any difficulties, he found the people he needed. He established the first contacts with radical oppositions on the list of “recommended contacts” he had and began to distribute money between them. In the number of wards Tracy included ultra-right groups. The American also noted with contacts with the leftist grouping Tupamaros, whose leadership has repeatedly stated that it is ready for armed resistance if the opposition tries to overthrow the legally elected Bolivarian government. Tracy, in particular, tried to find out the real combat potential of the Tupamaros and the level of interaction of this group with the security forces. According to SEBIN, the main operational objective of Tracy was to provoke conflict situations, clashes between the opposition and the Chavista, creating prerequisites for the outbreak of civil war.

Using the cover legend, Tracy surprisingly always turned out to be close to the center of events. So, he filmed a briefing on countering law enforcement agencies, which gave members of youth militant groups retired General Antonio Rivero, one of the leaders of the extremist Narodnaya Volya party. The camera Tracey and unrest at the embassy of Cuba in Caracas 14 February 2013 were recorded.

He was spotted by agents of SEBIN in Puerto Cabello, in the area of ​​the main naval base of Venezuela. He expressed an increased interest in the presidential palace, tried to conduct his shooting (which is prohibited without special permission), was detained by the guards and released after a brief trial. Increased security measures around the perimeter of the palace were introduced in May 2004. The reason was the failed attempt of the ultra-right conspirators with the help of a detachment of Colombian paramilitaries in 130 people dressed in Venezuelan military uniforms to organize the storming of the palace with the aim of assassinating President Chávez.

For SEBIN analysts, it is obvious that the skill and perseverance that Tracy showed for implementation in various organizations, without any doubt, indicates that he has special training for working in an “unfriendly environment”. Where he got it - at the CIA, in the US military intelligence or at the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) - for Venezuelan investigators is still unclear. The American does not confide during interrogations and stubbornly imitates poor knowledge of Spanish (interrogations are conducted through an interpreter, and the accused has time to ponder over the answers).

Venezuelan journalist Ivan Cardinale, who published an article about Tracy on aporrea.org, said that immediately after the scandal with his arrest she “combed” the entire Internet and found nothing, absolutely nothing about this “filmmaker”. However, after two or three weeks, she repeated the attempt and was surprised at the abundance of materials that appeared. The conclusion is simple: the US intelligence agencies urgently supplemented the cover legend of Tracy. Apparently, sending him on a mission to Venezuela, it was believed that the local security agencies in the conditions of the crisis caused by the serious illness of President Hugo Chávez would have no time to deal with a stringer documentarian. Even the international passport he was issued only for a year. Expected to end the "regime" in this short time?

When Tracy was detained, a campaign was launched in the United States to defend him. About the innocence of the “documentary filmmaker” against whom, I recall, numerous evidence has been gathered, his relatives and friends said. Well, parents can be fake, and two or three friends at Georgetown University - fictitious. Even about the time of study at the University of Tracy is reported non-specifically, without indicating the period of study. Most likely, because this university is not without reason considered a “forge of personnel” for the CIA. President Obama himself spoke in defense of Tracy: “This American citizen who, apparently, was detained (by the Venezuelan authorities), will be considered by us as an ordinary American citizen who has fallen into a difficult legal situation in a foreign country. To claim that this man is a spy is ridiculous! From time to time we are confronted with rhetoric of this type, coming from Venezuela. ”

As for Tracey’s “colleague,” Aengus James, he is really noticeable in this field, but it seems that the arrested “documentary film maker” Tracy does not appear in any of his films either as a co-author or as a consultant. It can be assumed that James was asked to help a compatriot who has fallen into a difficult situation, who is on the front line of the struggle against "communism" in Latin America. James agreed to help: “Venezuelans are not holding a CIA employee or a journalist under arrest,” he said. - This is just a kid with a movie camera. The idea to go to Venezuela and make a documentary there was born to him at a party in Florida. He met a girl who told him: “If you are indeed a documentary, why don't you tell us about what is happening in Venezuela at the moment?” Tim is he, if you tell him something like that, he’s here It also takes up the case, although it knows nothing about the political situation in the country and the consequences of such an act. Tracy has no political views. He is busy telling all sorts of worldly things. stories. He never worked with any government. ” Well, a good invoice was introduced by James: Tracy is an apolitical romantic, with an adventurous streak, a lively and naive kid in 35 years. What to take with this?

In the publications that have appeared, there is a report that Tracy was collecting material for a film about criminal organizations operating on the northern border of the United States that are involved in smuggling, drug trafficking, and "live goods" trade. But where is this movie? Perhaps there, on the border with Canada, Tracy only portrayed the "filmmaker", and in fact led the DEA operational work on local drug groups. Could this be the reason for the initial confusion of the official US authorities regarding the “Tracy case”? The operational work of the DEA in Venezuela is prohibited in connection with past attempts by the Office to combine the fight against drug cartels with collecting compromising materials on Venezuelan politicians and the military. Those who could be recruited were used for the “controlled transit” of cocaine or to fight the Chávez regime.

The situation in the country is complicated, the US Embassy is under intensive supervision of the Venezuelan special services. Otherwise it is impossible, given the numerous facts of conspiracy organized by the embassy, ​​including the attempted coup in April of 2002 of the year and the “oil strike” of the end of 2002 - the beginning of 2003 of the year. That is why Tracey-type operatives are being thrown into Venezuela to coordinate actions to prepare a new conspiracy. From the point of view of Washington, the situation after the election of 14 on April 2013, when Nicolas Maduro defeated Capriles with a small gap, favors a “soft change” using young opposition activists and students.

Washington believes that in Venezuela there are serious prerequisites for transforming the defeat of Capriles into revenge by gradually increasing political pressure on the Bolivarian leadership. Opposition leaders operate without any restrictions, TV channels and radio stations (they are controlled by the opposition at 80 percent) provide propaganda cover, youth radical organizations escalate protest in big cities, attempt to block administrative buildings, provoke law enforcement forces to repress. The opposition’s mobilization potential is not in doubt and under certain conditions can lead to the repetition of thousands of demonstrations on April 2002, when Chavez was temporarily removed from power. Inflation, food problems arising from the sabotage of private companies (the Chilean version), propaganda campaigns about corruption by the Bolivarian authorities, a certain fatigue from the politicians of the “Chavez era”, among whom are those who operate in the ranks of the “fifth column”, - All this is not an easy problem.

Will Nicholas Maduro manage to avoid a repetition of the April 2002 scenario, when the opposition in the Miraflores presidential palace distributed posts and spheres of influence, and the Bolivarians were jailed without trial or investigation? Then the "president" Carmona instructed the nearest employees: "Chavez is to be liquidated." Capriles and his team will be no less ruthless liquidators of the Bolivarian government. Blood will spill and the Empire will definitely not interfere. Such are for her the laws of revenge.

... In April, the DAS agents of Colombian intelligence who were collecting information on the Venezuelan grid infrastructure were arrested in April 2010 in the state of Barinas. DAS accountability to US intelligence is well known. The work was done in the interests of the United States. In August, an American, a former marine, with experience of the war in Afghanistan and Iraq, was detained in the state of Tachira 2012. Before the arrest, he tried to destroy the records that were kept during the trip. Not long ago, the authorities announced a persona non grata of two US military attaches for recruiting Venezuela’s military pilots into spy networks. Patriotic officers reported these attempts to their command. Similar, seemingly scattered, episodes are more and more, and they show a significant effort to gather information for hostile purposes.

Thus, information about hydropower plants, thermal power plants, substations, power lines and other elements of the power grid infrastructure was used by the enemies of the Bolivarian regime to sabotage the supply of energy to the cities and towns of Venezuela. Venezuelans had to wait days for the restoration of power supply. When such situations are repeated time after time, voter irritation reaches a peak. This was one of the reasons for the critical increase in votes for the opposition in the presidential election of 7 in October 2012 of the year and 14 in April of the current year.
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  1. Bykov.
    Bykov. 16 May 2013 06: 36 New
    +7
    ... U.S. spying in Venezuela: preparing a coup ...

    Stirred, rats. They think that since Hugo is gone, so maybe it will.
    1. Vladimirets
      Vladimirets 16 May 2013 06: 44 New
      +6
      Quote: Bulls.
      Stirred, rats. They think that since Hugo is gone, so maybe it will.

      Such only with hot iron, without any sentiment.
      1. Romn
        Romn 16 May 2013 09: 08 New
        +4
        Whoever doubts that the United States will make every effort to destabilize the situation, they need to put their candidate in any way. I hope Maduro also helps our specialists. smile Hold on to Venezuela!
  2. Chuck-norris
    Chuck-norris 16 May 2013 06: 37 New
    +1
    Latin America is the United States backyard, why be surprised?
  3. avant-garde
    avant-garde 16 May 2013 06: 37 New
    +4
    Only a movie about a bond is able to shoot, and put on a NEVER spueen !!!!
  4. taseka
    taseka 16 May 2013 06: 38 New
    +5
    "When Tracy was detained, a campaign was launched in the US to defend him." - it's time for us to do "companies" in the USA!
  5. Rustiger
    Rustiger 16 May 2013 06: 41 New
    +3
    Everything is so predictable that it is not even interesting to look at these damned bourgeois. And why would they come up with what worked many times. . .
  6. aszzz888
    aszzz888 16 May 2013 06: 46 New
    +4
    The work of special services in the opposition countries of the United States has always been carried out and will continue. Especially where the "Merikatos" are eager to introduce their own democracy. (Afghan, Libya, etc.) Syria is next in line.

    For a long time, mericatos, did not receive according to my ... Probably only in Vietnam. But that has already been forgotten. They will snatch them in the teeth again and drag the entire NATO scum along with them. And so on to infinity, until this hydra was torn off completely.
    1. sscha
      sscha 16 May 2013 09: 27 New
      +1
      What is sad - it seems that there is no end and end to these orange and other "revolutions." This "world gendarme", cutting coupons on someone else's blood ... am
      All the good days! hi
  7. Nitarius
    Nitarius 16 May 2013 06: 51 New
    +5
    Quote: avant-garde
    Only a movie about a bond is able to shoot, and put on a NEVER spueen !!!!

    the last BOND - and then some took off! I did not think that such nonsense would be removed!

    Quote: taseka
    it's time for us to do companies in the USA!

    I still won’t take it into my head. Well, what prevents them from stirring up the revolution? ruin the states to hell!
    1. JIaIIoTb
      JIaIIoTb 16 May 2013 06: 56 New
      +2
      Strengthen the antagonism between south and north (history repeats itself). Weak link Texas, has repeatedly stated its disagreement with Washington's policy. Well, the elephants in Texas are the largest of all the elephants of America)))). It is necessary to play on this.
      1. afire
        afire 16 May 2013 09: 28 New
        +1
        our mentality was not hostile for no particular reason and to seek out benefits for ourselves at the expense of direct damage to the opponent is not our style. we are not attackers ...
        and this is good, since we are predictable, but we don’t need to stir up dullness and get on our nerves, you can stay without a nose
  8. fenix57
    fenix57 16 May 2013 07: 00 New
    +1
    Oh, you can’t give Venezuela ... and Syria can’t ...!
    Mattresses, they either send Jews or find someone else. It’s more difficult for Russia - IT IS ONE! HARD! ARMY AND Navy - WE REMEMBER !!!
    This is "MOLOT" in Russian politics!
  9. avant-garde
    avant-garde 16 May 2013 07: 06 New
    +5
    Quote: fenix57
    Oh, you can’t give Venezuela ... and Syria can’t ...!

    The UN General Assembly condemned the actions of the armed forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and spoke in support of the Syrian opposition by adopting a controversial resolution opposed by 12 countries, including Russia, reports Reuters.
    Ch.etc.
    in the world there are only 12 countries with their own point of view, the rest are American henchmen!
    1. afire
      afire 16 May 2013 09: 31 New
      +1
      yeah, united nations - an organization with a difficult understanding and illogical logic, it is necessary to consist in it only for the protocol, but it makes sense not to reckon with it anymore. He is illegitimate.
  10. individual
    individual 16 May 2013 07: 37 New
    +4
    The American writer Eva GOLINGER in her book “The Chavez Code” described in detail and documented how the American secret services arranged переворот in a foreign country, once again exposing the bad Western habit of “poking a snotty nose” into the affairs of others. This habit later manifested itself in the CIS. And not even an hour will reach us.
    The methods of coups were worked out by the developments throughout the history of US black diplomacy.
    “A telegram from the American military attache in Caracas, dated June 2000, reveals the true reasons for the Americans to organize the Center for International Military Education in Venezuela:“ Expand the US government presence and influence at all levels Venezuelan Armed Forces... Increase the number of Venezuelan officers trained in US military schools at all levels. ” From the telegram to its station it becomes clear that the United States is interested in "key positions in the general corps of Venezuela or commanders of key tactical units." All of this would guarantee America's access to the Venezuelan military at the highest level. ”Recall the example of Pinochet's“ Black Colonels ”in Chile.
    “In 2001, an American NGO “National Contribution to Democracy” granted a grant of 340 thousand dollars to the International Republican Institute (MRI), officially known as the international branch of the US Republican Party. In order for him to help create and develop in Venezuela parties, their leaders - to teach manage partiesbuilding coalitions. The "national contribution to democracy", which in recent years has hardly been seen in Venezuela, suddenly began to invest huge amounts of money in parties, "improving" their political education and orientation. MRI has become a major player in Venezuela. In December 2001, trainings for the opposition were conducted by former Republican Party spokeswoman Mike Collins. In addition to party leaders, he trained journalists, focusing especially on how to "properly talk about politicians and political movements."
    The history of opposition to the aspirations of the United States on the island "Svoboda" CUBA is written in a separate line.
    Cuba, an example of successful opposition to sophisticated state provocations.
  11. vadson
    vadson 16 May 2013 08: 38 New
    +1
    amers still wonder at their ambassadors how dogs are killed
    1. afire
      afire 16 May 2013 09: 33 New
      +1
      come on, where did you see their surprise? for their authorities, they are just trained meat.
  12. djon3volta
    djon3volta 16 May 2013 08: 51 New
    +4
    The government of Hugo Chavez did not close the opposition television channel, it simply did not renew his license, and the rejection of the extension was explained by the fact that this is a “coup” TV channel / meant the biased coverage of the coup attempt, as a result of which in April 2002 Chavez was briefly removed from power /. Having lost the license, the channel initially began to appear on cable television under the brand name “EreSeTeVe Internacional”, however, in January 2010, his broadcasting was banned under the pretext that he did not broadcast programs that were required to be broadcast by all national television and radio stations / mainly, these were the President’s speeches and cabinet meetings/.

    Hugo did the right thing by shutting down the box channel. Because people need to show normal news, not any rallies.
    when Putin closes all sorts of shopping mall ...
    1. Kaa
      Kaa 16 May 2013 09: 33 New
      +2
      Quote: djon3volta
      people need to show normal news, not any rallies
      The Americans are preparing another color revolution according to a painfully familiar scenario - a lack of products (artificially created), the creation of "independent", that is, opposition information resources controlled by the USA, which will lead people to the demonstrations and point out the main culprit of troubles - the government. It took place in February 1917, and in 1991, and in different countries already in the 21st century ... "Carthage (FRS) must be destroyed!"
      "Grocery stores empty in Venezuela. People are furious
      15 May 2013 | 09: 33
      Food shortage in Venezuela. Now the counters in the country are half empty. It is difficult to buy even meat or the popular "cornmeal" from which the locals bake bread. Shelves with household chemicals and other goods also quickly empty. People are angry and accuse the authorities of poor governance.
      Aura Vega, a resident of Caracas: - I believe that the authorities are to blame for everything. They hold all our resources in state ownership, but do not know how to properly manage them. Http://podrobnosti.ua/podrobnosti/2013/05/15/904702.html
      AGAIN WE SEE A CREATIVE MIDDLE CLASS OF SMALL OWNERS-TRADERS, CREATING AN ARTIFICIAL DEFICIENCY, FURTHER, AS ALWAYS - DEMONSTRATIONS, BARRICADES - AND THE RETURN OF TRANSNATIONAL VALUABLE COMPANIES. WAREHOUSES OPEN - PEOPLE DISPOSE. CURTAIN The CIA team is on tour in a new country.
  13. Semyon Albertovich
    Semyon Albertovich 16 May 2013 09: 57 New
    +1
    What was similar in Chile during the military coup of Pinochet - wine and pies, which Chileans love very much, disappeared from the streets of cities. The countries of South America will not allow the States to bomb any country according to their mentality, these are not Arab countries, which have no solidarity looking at the PAH. So the States in this region will organize coups through the discontent of the population and the national elite, which polls "studied" in the United States.
  14. Grigorich 1962
    Grigorich 1962 16 May 2013 11: 51 New
    0
    The fact that Capriles is an agent of American services is clear as day! and therefore it is necessary to crush him and his entourage using the well-known phrase of an even more famous politician "To wet in the outhouse." Otherwise, very soon, the current government will face mass protests and unrest fueled from overseas. More decisive action. And consultation with Russia ... ... its special services.
  15. knn54
    knn54 16 May 2013 14: 54 New
    0
    A lot depends on the army, security forces and the Church. Hard pressed shop owners and product suppliers. Create units of the people's militia, assigning to it part of the functions of the army and security forces. The last to take control of strategic facilities and the border.
    On TV to twist events in Syria, with comments. Organize and cover meetings with eyewitnesses from Chile, Libya ... Introduce censorship on the publication of provocative articles.
    It is IMPORTANT that the people, who supporting the opposition are "buzzing" in the streets, understand that when mercenaries and bandits gush into the country, and after them the "friends of Venezuela" will be late.
    But Maduro has many supporters and they are determined.
  16. vlad767
    vlad767 16 May 2013 16: 24 New
    0
    Maduro, hold on !!!