Venezuelan TV Exposed Failed Incursion Over a Month Before It Happened

Named both Americans ultimately captured in the plot

More information is emerging on last week’s failed regime plot in Venezuela, as it revealed that Venezuelan state media actually laid out parts of the plan during a show on March 28, over a month before it actually happened.

During the show, photographs of Silvercorp USA head Jordan Goudreau were shown, calling him a “mercenary.” The two Americans captured during the plot, Luke Denman and Airan Berry, were both named during episode.

Goudreau had been pitching the plot since well before this TV episode, trying to secure investors who wanted to bankroll a coup. The small number of plotters compared to documents from the planning stages suggest there were few investors.

The Trump Administration has denied ties to this plot, though Goudreau was pitching it to investors as an approved scheme, and Venezuela continues to believe Silvercorp USA is a “shell company” for carrying out plots like this.

Author: Jason Ditz

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