Venezuelan executive, detained in failed raid, says he was unwitting pawn

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“Venezuelan forces patrol off La Guaira and Macuto after a failed raid May 3 aimed at ousting President Nicolás Maduro.”

“On a mild afternoon in January, a Cessna 550 pulled skyward from an executive airport near Miami and sped toward the tropical city of Barranquilla, Colombia. Four passengers disembarked, all linked to the bizarre raid that would see a ragtag force reach the Venezuelan coast in a bungled effort to oust President Nicolás Maduro.”

They included two American former Green Berets, Luke Denman, and Airan Berry, quickly arrested and now Maduro’s captives, and Jordan Goudreau, the Canadian-born U.S. veteran who, in a breathless video recorded in Florida, would announce the start of “Operation Gideon.”

“The fourth passenger was a Venezuelan national named Yacsy Álvarez. She worked for the man who retained the Cessna jet for his personal use: Franklin Durán — a wealthy Venezuelan business executive who was convicted in a U.S. court in 2008 for working as an unregistered agent of Venezuela’s socialist government.” Washington Post


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