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Chavez: American “mercenary” detained in Venezuela

posted at 12:22 pm on August 10, 2012 by

While campaigning yesterday in Vargas state, Hugo Chávez announced that Venezuela arrested and is interrogating an unnamed American at an undisclosed location,

President Hugo Chavez announced Thursday that security forces arrested a U.S. citizen and suspect he is a mercenary who could be involved in an alleged plot to destabilize Venezuela if the opposition’s candidate loses the upcoming presidential election.

Chavez said the Hispanic man was detained Aug. 4 while crossing into Venezuela from Colombia. The president said the man was carrying a U.S. passport with entrance and exit stamps from countries including Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya as well as a notebook containing geographical coordinates.

The man’s identity was not released. Chavez did not say where he was being interrogated.

Chávez claims that the American was recruited by the opposition to start violent protests if Chávez wins.

Rumor has it that the fictitious American headed to Venezuela after blabbing to Harry Reid about Mitt’s taxes.

Cross-posted at Fausta’s blog.

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The “tell” is the Lybian stamp.

Steve Eggleston on August 10, 2012 at 12:29 PM

Passport stamps? Give me a break.

I just hope there’s no actual American citizen being put through this.

J.E. Dyer on August 10, 2012 at 12:37 PM

This!!:

Rumor has it that the fictitious American headed to Venezuela after blabbing to Harry Reid about Mitt’s taxes.

Now it all comes full circle! I get it I really really do!

Mind boggling… :-)

Scrumpy on August 10, 2012 at 1:10 PM

I only made up the final sentence, Scrumpy. The rest of the post is from the news report.

Fausta Wertz on August 11, 2012 at 9:42 AM