Detained American in Venezuela Sought to Capture President Maduro

Plan was to seize Caracas airport, fly Maduro to the US for regime change

US citizen Luke Denman, arrested in Venezuela during a failed incursion, was broadcast on the nation’s state media detailing the plot, which boiled down to kidnapping President Maduro and shipping him to the United States.

Denman said the idea was for him and the other contractors, who work for Florida-based Silvercorp USA, to seize control of Caracas international airport, and then capture President Maduro, spirit him into the airport, and fly him to the United States. He said there were about 50 people trained for this operation.

Though US officials have denied a direct role in the matter, the Trump Administration has sought to remove Maduro from power for well over a year, either diplomatically or via force. Silvercorp has suggested that they were paid by US-backed opposition figure Juan Guaido for this plot, and this funding almost certainly would’ve come from the US.

Guaido has denied any ties to Silvercorp, and the State Department has vowed to do anything possible to secure the release of the American plotters inside Venezuela. With Denman openly admitting a plan to capture the president, it’s unlikely he’ll be released voluntarily.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.