By Staff, Agencies Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced the capture of “an American spy” with heavy weapons and money near two refineries in the state of Falcon. The man is said to be a Marine who worked for the Central Intelligence Agency [CIA] in Iraq.
The spy was trying to collect information on the refineries in Amuay and Cardon, Maduro said in a televised address on Friday.
The two facilities are located on the Paraguana Peninsula, along the Venezuelan coast just south of Aruba.
According to Maduro, the detained American is a member of the US Marine Corps who worked with the CIA in Iraq, and was captured with “heavy, specialized weapons and a large amount of cash.” Maduro added that he ordered heightened security at all Venezuelan refineries after the spy was captured.
Earlier, he said, the country’s Petroleum Ministry discovered and thwarted a plan “to cause an explosion” at the El Palito refinery in Carabobo, west of Caracas, RT reported.
It is a war of revenge by the gringo empire to prevent Venezuela from producing all petroleum derivatives and gasoline Maduro accused the US of waging an economic war against Venezuela, trying to destroy the country’s oil industry.
“They have reached a level of madness,” he said.
Washington has claimed that Maduro is a “dictator” and recognized opposition politician Juan Guaido as “interim president” back in January 2019.
Despite the support of the US and most Latin American states, however, Guaido has failed in repeated attempts to take power in Caracas.
The US oil embargo has hit Venezuela hard, reducing its exports to lowest levels since 1943 and only rising slightly in August due to special purchases from India.
The US has confiscated any property of the Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA and redirected it to the coffers of Guaido and his supporters