PressTV-‘US, Venezuelan rebels discussed anti-Maduro coup’

US officials have reportedly met repeatedly with insurgent Venezuelan military officers over the past year to prepare potential coup plots to overthrow the government of President Nicolas Maduro.

Trump administration officials and a former Venezuelan military commander who took part in the discussions were cited in a New York Times report on Saturday as saying that a secret channel was established between American officials and the coup plotters.

According to the report, the US-backed Venezuelan opposition elements asked Washington to supply encrypted radios to a few hundred service members who had reportedly soured on Maduro, but American officials decided against sending material support while dozens of the coup plotters were later arrested.

As a humanitarian crisis involving massive food and medicine shortages continued to plague Venezuela – which has been hit by brutal US-led sanctions and other destabilizing measures – Trump…

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