By proclaiming that Venezuela is a “threat” to the national security of the United States [1] and by adopting unilateral sanctions against various Venezuelan leaders [2], Washington is now the in process of fabricating arguments to justify its own hostility against Caracas.

After financing urban guerrilla warfare [3], Washington attributed to the government of Venezuela the responsibility for the deaths caused by mercenaries paid by the United States.

Washington organized these, following an attempted coup d’etat in February 2015 [4]. And now, the DEA (the acronym for the Drug Enforcement Administration, the US Anti-Drug Agency) and its prosecutors in Miami and New York are fabricating a dossier in which they accuse the President of the National Assembly of Venezuela, Diosdado Cabello, the second most important person of the Bolivarian Republic, of being a drug trafficker.

Last year, the United States, ordered that the former Venezuelan Chief of Military Intelligence, Hugo Carvajal Barrios be arrested in Arruba – the Caribbean Island a dependency of Holland -, also charging him with being a drug trafficker. But finally Amsterdam denied authorizing the extradition of Carvajal to the United States and ordered him to be set free.

Washington is now targeting Tarek El Aissami, the former Minister for Home Affairs and the current governor of the Venezuelan State of Aragua; José David Cabello, the brother of the president of the National Assembly and the director of the tax agency; and the general Luis Motta Domínguez, in charge of the central region of the country.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the DEA dossier would be based on the declarations of a Captain called Leamsy Salazar, who supposedly would have been the bodyguard of Diosdado Cabello [[“Venezuelan Officials Suspected of Turning Country into Global Cocaine Hub”, by José de Córdoba and Juan Forero, The Wall Street Journal, May 18th, 2015.]. Of course, this “key witness” never exercised the functions that he claims to have carried out.

Anoosha Boralessa

[1Declaration of a National Emergency with Respect to Venezuela”, by Barack Obama, Voltaire Network, 9th March 2015.

[3US against Venezuela: Cold War Goes Hot”, by Nil Nikandrov, Strategic Culture Foundation (Russia) , Voltaire Network, 8th March 2014.

[4Obama failed his coup in Venezuela”, by Thierry Meyssan, Translation Roger Lagassé, Voltaire Network, 24th February 2015.