Venezuelan spy ring busted in Miami?

posted at 9:35 pm on February 28, 2008 by see-dubya

Well, Castro has a bunch of spies here, so why shouldn’t Hugo?

A federal judge revoked bail Monday for a Uruguayan man jailed along with three others on charges of acting as illegal Venezuelan agents, who allegedly sought to cover up the source of $800,000 in cash smuggled into Argentina for last year’s presidential race.

FBI Agent Justin Krider testified that Wanseele was in frequent contact with a high-ranking official at DISIP, the acronym for Venezuela’s intelligence service. Wanseele also worked to obtain parts for a DISIP helicopter at a Miami aviation company, Krider said.

This is a read-the-whole-thing link. There’s a lot of shady stuff going on in Miami. And, apparently, Argentina as well. This scandal has apparently earned the name “maletagate” (since the cash was allegedly supposed to go to Buenos Aires in a suitcase), and an interesting account of some of the players is here.

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Doesn’t Hugo have a spy network in the US already? Its called by its code name; CBS

Defector01 on February 28, 2008 at 9:39 PM

And Hollywood

Kini on February 28, 2008 at 9:46 PM

The bolibourgeois seem all to be connected to each other and they seem to love nice homes and expensive toys like planes.

You have to love the robolution!

Hypocrits are indignant.

Entelechy on February 28, 2008 at 9:54 PM

Yeah, but do they wear pastels?

- The Cat

MirCat on February 28, 2008 at 10:03 PM

Was Harry B. or Sean P. implicated?

TheSitRep on February 28, 2008 at 10:08 PM

They just can’t be content on making coffee!

This sounds like the work of the devil,oh wait
Hugo already told us who the devil was!

canopfor on February 28, 2008 at 10:11 PM

Again — why hasn’t anyone plugged fat Huey yet?

Jaibones on February 28, 2008 at 10:11 PM

Hugo sent them to spy, they ended up liking America and blowing Citgo cash at South Beach strip bars.

THE CHOSEN ONE on February 28, 2008 at 10:21 PM

Love the picture, see-dub :D

Ugly on February 28, 2008 at 10:49 PM

I think I remember this story.

Miami’s got an underbelly, as it always has, but I’ll always love it. Maybe because I’ve never had to live there.

emailnuevo on February 28, 2008 at 11:18 PM

As is well known, Chavez has invited Hezbollah to sup and settle in his lovely dictatorship for the purposes of advancing the mighty struggle against the great satan.

Let’s just make sure we don’t do anything stupid, like extending FISA. Wouldn’t want to trample anyone’s privacy rights before they get a chance to die in a mall bombing. Wolf Blitzer will have some dang good ratings on that day. Thanks, Dems. Sleep tight, Nancy.

Western_Civ on February 29, 2008 at 12:42 AM

All part of what makes living and working in Miami so, um, interesting.

Hey, if you ever want to live abroad in a place full of international intrigue, but don’t want to give up American infrastructure and banking services, come on down. The water’s fine.

SWLiP on February 29, 2008 at 7:40 AM

Hugo’s spy ring is disguised as a gas station. They read the secret code on your credit card when you are being robbed at nozzle point. When go into the mini-mart to buy a six pack (even when you are not going to drink it in the car) you will be labeled an alcoholic and drunken driver.

You also buy a donut and coffee and you’re are labeled a policeman, worthy of careful surveillance because all cops are corrupt, and only Hugo is worthy enough to called corrupt.

Put any combination of actions and purchases and you will be stereotyped as something you are not. Specifically, a college student picking up a sixer of Red Bull and a quick bite for breakfast on the way to your second job to pay the tuition and cram for finals.

MSGTAS on February 29, 2008 at 9:15 AM