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Post by Addie » Sun Jan 08, 2012 2:37 pm

Changed title 3/5/2013.[/break1]cbsnews.com/8301-202_162-57354709/u.s-expels-venezuelan-diplomat/]Associated PressWASHINGTON — The Obama administration is expelling Venezuela's consul general in Miami after allegations surfaced that she discussed possible cyber-attacks on U.S. soil while she was stationed at her country's embassy in Mexico.The State Department said Sunday that it had declared the diplomat, Livia Acosta Noguera, persona non grata and given her until Tuesday to leave the country. Spokesman Mark Toner said the Venezuelan government was notified of the decision on Friday, giving her 72 hours to depart under standard diplomatic procedure,There was no immediate reaction from the Venezuelan government. ...The move follows an FBI investigation into allegations contained in a documentary aired by the Spanish-language broadcaster Univision last month. According to the documentary, "The Iranian threat," Acosta discussed a possible cyber-attack against the U.S. government when she was previously assigned as a diplomat in the Venezuelan Embassy in Mexico.The documentary was based on recordings of conversations with her and other officials, and also alleged that Cuban and Iranian diplomatic missions were involved. Citing audio and video obtained by the students at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, Univision said Acosta was seeking information about the servers of nuclear power plants in the U.S.
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Post by TollandRCR » Sun Jan 08, 2012 6:36 pm

This account becomes more credible if the [link]full article,http://www.eluniversal.com/nacional-y-p ... connection[/link] in El Universal of Caracas is to be believed. A portion of the story:The students related that the story started in 2006, when young people specialized in information technology were recruited by UNAM Professor Francisco Guerrero Lutteroth to organize a cyber-attack team against US servers from Mexican territory.One of the recruits, then student Juan Carlos Muñoz Ledo, covertly recorded the meetings when learning that the purpose of the operation was attacking targets in US territory, he told Univisión. Muñoz Ledo was also worried, he added, that, in addition to the cyber-attack, the possibility of physical attacks had been pondered."The objectives of the plan discussed were attacking the United States firstly in a cybernetic manner and afterwards, doing it in a physical manner. This is what both the Embassies of Iran and Venezuela particularly wanted, under the aegis of Cuba, obviously," Muñoz Ledo averred.Muñoz Ledo incorporated other students to help document the presumed conspiracy planned from 2006 to 2010.Acosta was reportedly recruited while she was Cultural Affairs Officer in the Venezuelan Embassy in Mexico City because she had close ties to President Chaves and "had access to President Chávez's security officers." This could mean that Acosta was already part of Venezuelan intelligence services.
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Post by DaveMuckey » Sun Jan 08, 2012 8:31 pm

"The objectives of the plan discussed were attacking the United States firstly in a cybernetic manner and afterwards, doing it in a physical manner. This is what both the Embassies of Iran and Venezuela particularly wanted, under the aegis of Cuba, obviously," Muñoz Ledo averred.They were gonna use engrams? :shock: :shock:

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Post by Addie » Tue Mar 05, 2013 1:43 pm

[link]Associated Press,http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/worl ... y/1964949/[/link]





Venezuela to expel U.S. Embassy official





CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's vice president, Nicolas Maduro, says the government of President Hugo Chavez plans to expel a U.S. Embassy official for meeting with military officers and planning to destabilize the country.





Maduro identified the American as the Air Force attache and said he had been spying on the military.





He said the official has 24 hours to leave the country.
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Post by Addie » Tue Mar 05, 2013 2:26 pm

[link]CNN,http://www.cnn.com/2013/03/05/world/ame ... ?hpt=hp_t2[/link]





Venezuela accuses enemies of poisoning ailing Chavez





(CNN) -- Venezuela accused the domestic and foreign enemies of Venezuela of poisoning ailing President Hugo Chavez and expelled a U.S. Embassy attache who it said was seeking military support for a plot against the government, Vice President Nicolas Maduro said Tuesday.





David Del Monaco, an Air Force attache for the U.S. Embassy, had been expelled Tuesday "for being implicated in conspiratorial plan, the information ministry said.





Some day, he told the press in a lengthy statement, there will be "scientific proof" that Chavez, fighting a battle with cancer, was poisoned. He also called Venezuela's political right-wing an "oligarchy" and an "enemy of the nation." Maduro urged supporters to close ranks and exercise "unity and discipline."
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Post by kate520 » Tue Mar 05, 2013 3:08 pm

It disturbs me that I think this is true.
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Post by esseff44 » Tue Mar 05, 2013 3:41 pm

It disturbs me that I think this is true.It disturbs me that there is precedent for such.

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Post by BFB » Tue Mar 05, 2013 5:01 pm

Chavez has left the building.

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Post by editorkorir » Tue Mar 05, 2013 5:10 pm

Chavez has left the building.Marco Rubio, a pandering reaction please

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Post by Chilidog » Tue Mar 05, 2013 5:20 pm

[link]CNN,http://www.cnn.com/2013/03/05/world/ame ... ?hpt=hp_t2[/link]





Venezuela accuses enemies of poisoning ailing Chavez





(CNN) -- Venezuela accused the domestic and foreign enemies of Venezuela of poisoning ailing President Hugo Chavez and expelled a U.S. Embassy attache who it said was seeking military support for a plot against the government, Vice President Nicolas Maduro said Tuesday.





David Del Monaco, an Air Force attache for the U.S. Embassy, had been expelled Tuesday "for being implicated in conspiratorial plan, the information ministry said.





Some day, he told the press in a lengthy statement, there will be "scientific proof" that Chavez, fighting a battle with cancer, was poisoned. He also called Venezuela's political right-wing an "oligarchy" and an "enemy of the nation." Maduro urged supporters to close ranks and exercise "unity and discipline."It's going to be interesting to see how things shake out down there.

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Post by Addie » Tue Mar 05, 2013 7:32 pm

So he has:[link]Venezuelan Leader Chávez Dies After Cancer Battle,http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142 ... 40008.html[/link]Chavez has left the building.
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Post by SueDB » Tue Mar 05, 2013 7:46 pm

I guess the RWNJs will have to find someone else to scare the American Taxpayer with.
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Post by Addie » Tue Mar 05, 2013 7:50 pm

[link]REUTERS,http://www.haaretz.com/news/world/obama ... a-1.507537[/link]





Obama: After Chavez, U.S. Seeks 'Constructive Relationship' With Venezuela





U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday said the United States is interested in starting a new relationship with Venezuela after the death of its socialist president, Hugo Chavez.





"At this challenging time of President Hugo Chavez's passing, the United States reaffirms its support for the Venezuelan people and its interest in developing a constructive relationship with the Venezuelan government," Obama said in a statement.





"As Venezuela begins a new chapter in its history, the United States remains committed to policies that promote democratic principles, the rule of law, and respect for human rights," he said.
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Post by Addie » Thu Mar 07, 2013 6:47 pm

[link]Associated Press,http://abcnews.go.com/International/wir ... s-18678233[/link]





The Wild Card in Venezuela: Armed Chavistas





Carlos Torres opens the wire-fence gate to a neighborhood controlled by the La Piedrita gang that even police don't enter without permission.





"Loyal to Comandante Chavez," reads a banner just inside the 23 of January redoubt in western Caracas. The poor neighborhood is home to a small army of pistol-toting young men who, like Torres, see themselves as guardians of President Hugo Chavez's "socialist revolution."





These die-hard Chavistas say there is no way they will let Venezuela's "oligarchy" and its alleged Washington patrons to return to power.





"That would cost us blood, sweat and tears, but they won't be back," he said.





If Chavez's populist system is indeed threatened by domestic and foreign foes as his anointed successor claims, this is the defense. On alert and, in many cases on edge, are hundreds of well-armed toughs who belong to such shadowy "collectives" as La Piedrita, which have been blamed for strong-armed intimidation of political opponents and worse.





For such Chavez supporters, Monday's call by Communication Minister Ernesto Villegas' to be "on a war footing" was clearly heard.
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Post by Addie » Wed Mar 13, 2013 4:43 pm

[link]Reuters,http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/ ... 8020130313[/link]





Venezuela's Maduro says U.S. "far-right" wants to kill Capriles





"We have detected plans by the far-right, linked to the groups of (former Bush administration officials) Roger Noriega and Otto Reich, to make an attempt against the opposition presidential candidate," Maduro said in a televised speech.





Maduro gave no more details, but said the government had sent a senior general to meet with Capriles' team.
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Post by Addie » Sun Apr 14, 2013 9:56 am

[link]LA Times,http://www.latimes.com/news/world/world ... 1944.story[/link]





Balloting begins in Venezuela's presidential election





CARACAS, Venezuela -- Polls have opened their doors for Venezuelans to elect a new president today to replace the late Hugo Chavez, who died of cancer last month.





In the campaign to fill out the six-year term of Chavez, state Gov. Henrique Capriles has repeatedly labeled front-runner opponent Nicolas Maduro, who is Chavez’s political heir, a liar, incompetent and corrupt.





Maduro, who holds the position of interim president, is favored to win largely on the strength of sympathy for Chavez. The late president named the former bus driver and union leader as his heir in December before departing for his final surgery in Cuba.





Maduro has sworn to continue Chavez’s policies of redistributing billions in oil wealth into health, subsidized food and education programs for the poor. ...





The last major opinion poll showed Maduro’s lead over Capriles, the governor of Miranda state, had shrunk to 7 percentage points from 15 at the end of March.
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Post by Addie » Mon Apr 15, 2013 11:43 am

[link]Reuters,http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/ ... B120130415[/link]





Tight win for Chavez's heir spells uncertainty for Venezuela





(Reuters) - Late socialist leader Hugo Chavez's chosen successor Nicolas Maduro won Venezuela's presidential election by a whisker but now faces opposition protests plus a host of economic and political challenges in the OPEC nation.





The 50-year-old former bus driver, whom Chavez named as his preferred heir before dying from cancer, edged out opposition challenger Henrique Capriles with 50.7 percent of the votes in Sunday's election, according to election board returns.





Capriles took 49.1 percent, just 235,000 fewer ballots.





Capriles, whose strong showing confounded most forecasts, refused to recognize the result and said his team had a list of more than 3,000 irregularities ranging from gunshots to the illegal reopening of polling centers. ...





Maduro said he would accept a full recount, even as he insisted his victory was clean and dedicated it to Chavez.
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Post by Addie » Tue Apr 16, 2013 1:17 pm

[link]Reuters,http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/ ... RU20130416[/link]





Venezuela post-vote violence kills seven, more protests start





(Reuters) - Violent clashes at opposition protests over Venezuela's disputed presidential election have killed seven people, officials said on Tuesday, as both sides mobilized supporters nationwide for new demonstrations.





Opposition leader Henrique Capriles has demanded a full recount of votes from Sunday's election after results showed a narrow victory for late President Hugo Chavez's hand-picked successor, Nicolas Maduro.





The election authority has ruled out a recount, raising fears of more violence in the South American nation, which has the world's largest oil reserves. The country saw waves of street protests during various parts of Chavez's tumultuous 14-year socialist rule.





The deaths happened on Monday when hundreds of protesters took to the streets in various parts of the capital Caracas and other cities, blocking streets, burning tires and fighting with security forces in some cases. Officials also said 135 people were arrested in the post-election violence.
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Post by Addie » Tue Apr 16, 2013 5:37 pm

[link]Associated Press,http://news.yahoo.com/maduro-blames-us- ... 47994.html[/link]





Maduro blames US for violence over Venezuela vote





CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's President-elect Nicolas Maduro is accusing the United States of inciting all the violence that has occurred in the wake of Sunday's contested elections.





Maduro charges that the U.S. Embassy has been "financing and leading all the violent acts." He says the embassy is backing what he calls "neo-Nazi groups" that he claims are behind the violence.





The United States said earlier Tuesday that it will not consider the election results valid unless the vote-by-vote recount demanded by opposition candidate Henrique Capriles is done.





Maduro is blaming Capriles for seven deaths that the government says occurred in post-election unrest.





The government has provided names of some people it says have been killed by opposition activists but has provided no evidence.
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Post by Addie » Thu Apr 18, 2013 7:26 pm

[link]Associated Press,http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/04/17/3 ... uelan.html[/link]





Venezuela crackdown deemed worst in years





CARACAS, Venezuela -- National Guard troops beat dozens of opposition supporters inside a barracks for refusing to accept the government-certified electoral victory of Hugo Chavez's heir, a leading human rights lawyer charged Thursday in what he called Venezuela's worst political repression in six years.





Alfredo Romero said his group's lawyers also compiled evidence supporting opposition activists' claims that National Guard troops had used excessive force against protesters, including shooting some point-blank with plastic shotgun pellets.





As details of the crackdown emerged, Nicolas Maduro prepared to be sworn in as president and the speaker of the National Assembly again threatened to bar the opposition from its only remaining political platform, the legislature, unless it recognized Maduro's legitimacy.





Romero said the beatings occurred at National Guard barracks No. 47 in the western city of Barquisimeto after at least 300 protesters were arrested across Venezuela for backing opposition candidate Henrique Capriles' demand for a recount of all the votes cast Sunday.





Interrogators "put baseball caps on these kids' head with a pro-government insignia ... and made them say they recognized the Maduro government, and if they said 'No' they were beaten," Romero said, adding that most of the detainees ranged in age from 15 to 22.
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Post by Addie » Thu Apr 18, 2013 9:02 pm

[link]Carter Center,http://www.cartercenter.org/news/pr/ven ... 41813.html[/link] (Press Release)





The Carter Center Calls for Mutual Recognition and Dialogue in Venezuela





During this time of tension and uncertainty, The Carter Center urges all Venezuelans to express their differences peacefully, respecting the legal order and the constitutional rights of all citizens.





The narrow difference in electoral results, coupled with strong societal polarization, call for the initiation of a new political dynamic characterized by a frank and sustained national dialogue to facilitate democratic coexistence.





The premise of this dialogue should be the mutual recognition of the political actors. Without this, the country cannot advance. The dialogue should include discussion about the minimum agreements needed to find solutions to the major challenges Venezuela faces, as well as how to define the rules and institutions that guarantee conditions of fair play during electoral campaigns.





According to the constitution, the National Electoral Council (CNE) has the legal authority to accredit the president-elect based on the election results. At the same time, the losing candidate has the right to submit a legal challenge in conformity with the procedures established by Venezuelan jurisprudence, and to expect that this challenge will receive the appropriate consideration from electoral and judicial authorities. Citizens have the right to express their demands and opinions peacefully, with state guarantees of their political and civil rights, as well as their personal security. ...





Clear and transparent information about the voting process and results, including responses to complaints, enhances confidence in and legitimacy of those results. The Capriles campaign's formal submission of the irregularities they have identified, and an expeditious and full response from the CNE, should help to lower the tensions generated by the April 14 election results.





The Carter Center condemns all acts of violence, no matter their origin, and sympathizes with those wounded and the families of victims of politically-associated acts. The Center further alerts that expressions of verbal aggression and contempt for individuals create conditions for physical aggression, particularly in conditions of high tension like those Venezuela is experiencing at the moment. The Center encourages and applauds the adoption of measures and language to avoid violence or discrediting of those who think differently.
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Post by June bug » Thu Apr 18, 2013 9:06 pm

And Nicolas Maduro's governing cabal will respond to the Carter Center's press release by bashing a few more heads.

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Post by Addie » Fri Apr 19, 2013 11:19 am

[link]Aljazeera,http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013 ... 57789.html[/link]





Venezuela to audit remaining electronic votes





Venezuela's electoral council has said it will audit the voting machines that were not audited on election night in an apparent rejection of the opposition's demand for a full vote-by-vote recount.





Tibisay Lucena, the National Electoral Council (CNE) president, said on Thursday night that it would audit the 46 percent of the machines that were not audited immediately after Sunday's vote.





Opposition candidate Henrique Capriles has presented a series of allegations of vote fraud and other irregularities to back up his demand for a vote-by-vote recount for the presidential election.





"We do this [expand the audit] in order to preserve a climate of harmony ... and isolate violent sectors that are seeking to injure democracy," Lucena said in a televised speech.





Venezuela's opposition leader Henrique Capriles said on Thursday he accepted the election authority's decision to audit the rest of the electronic votes, and said he believed his team would be vindicated.
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Post by Addie » Wed Apr 24, 2013 11:08 am

[link]Reuters,http://news.yahoo.com/venezuelas-maduro ... 54058.html[/link]





Venezuela's Maduro sends conciliatory message to U.S.





CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro named a new acting head of its U.S. diplomatic mission in Washington on Tuesday and sent an offer of dialogue after attacking the United States for "interference" in a row over his election.





Disputes between Venezuela and the United States were common during Hugo Chavez's 14-year socialist rule of Venezuela, leaving both nations without ambassadors in each other's capitals. ...





"I have decided to name Calixto Ortega so that dialogue with U.S. society may increase, with the universities, the academic world, the social and union world, the Afro-American community, the Latino community, Congress, senators, representatives, the economic, trade and energy sectors."





Despite the years of diplomatic spats, oil has continued to flow north unabated.





Venezuela, an OPEC member with the world's largest oil reserves, sends between 900,000 and one million barrels per day to the United States, its biggest export market.
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Post by Addie » Thu Apr 25, 2013 3:55 pm

[link]Associated Press,http://abcnews.go.com/International/wir ... XmJrEnMLDA[/link]





US Man Detained in Venezuela Post-Vote Crackdown





Venezuelan authorities say they have detained a 35-year-old American man they accuse of paying right-wing youth groups to carry out violence as part of a plan to destabilize the country.





Timothy Hallet Tracy's family says he is an innocent filmmaker who is in Venezuela making a documentary.





Interior Minister Miguel Rodriguez Torres told reporters Thursday that Tracy was presumed to be a spy charged with provoking demonstrations in order to push Venezuela toward a civil war as part of a U.S. plot.





Hallet's father, Emmet, of Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan, said the Georgetown University English major had been making his film since last year and already been briefly detained twice. Emmet Hallet said he had warned his son to leave the country in light of the volatile political situation.
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