Category: SEBIN

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AP: US Talks Secretly to Venezuela’s Socialist Boss

AP: US Talks Secretly to Venezuela’s Socialist Boss

Ever since Venezuela’s pro-American uprising “fizzled on April 29, the Trump White House has faced a choice about Venezuela: negotiations or “regime change.” A negotiated settlement and peaceful transition is the goal of the talks sponsored by the government of Norway. Representatives of President Nicholas Maduro’s government and the U.S.-backed opposition lead by Juan Guaido...

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Maduro’s Ex-Spy Chief Details Role of NSC Official in ‘Homegrown’ Venezuela Uprising

Maduro’s Ex-Spy Chief Details Role of NSC Official in ‘Homegrown’ Venezuela Uprising

The defection of Manuel Ricardo Cristopher Figuera, the chief of the Venezuelan intelligence service, was key to a U.S.-backed plan to oust President Nicholas Maduro in April. But the coup failed and Figuera fled into exile in Columbia where he talked with Washington Post reporter Anthony Faiola. Faiola’s story provides new details about how the...

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U.S. De-Sanctions Renegade Venezuelan Spy Chief; Maduro Says He Worked for CIA

U.S. De-Sanctions Renegade Venezuelan Spy Chief; Maduro Says He Worked for CIA

The U.S. government imposes economic sanctions is to punish perceived enemies of the United States. Washington also removes those sanctions to lure those enemies to embrace the United States. Case in point: Manuel Christopher Figuera, former director general of the Venezuelan intelligence service, known as SEBIN. According to the Washington Post, Figuera played a central...

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Venezuela’s Descent: From Shopping Mall to Torture Prison

Venezuela’s Descent: From Shopping Mall to Torture Prison

El Helicoide, The Helix, is part of the DNA of Caracas, the capital city of Venezuela. Dreamed up by three architects in the 1950s, El Helicoide was supposed to be a drive-through shopping mall for the country’s aspiring petro-oligarchy. Built on a hill in the heart of Caracas, the dramatic ocean liner-like edifice “embodied Venezuela’s...

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Regime Change Illusions: Why the Venezuela Uprising Sputtered

Regime Change Illusions: Why the Venezuela Uprising Sputtered

When Manuel Figuera, the chief of the Venezuelan intelligence service (SEBIN), turned on the government of President Nicolas Maduro last week, the Trump administration thought their goal of regime change was in sight. If Figuera joined opposition leader Juan Guaidó’s government in exile, SEBIN could both control the country and secure recognition of Washington. With...

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