According to the head of the Venezuelan regime, the alleged “spy” previously served as a Marine at the “CIA base in Iraq”.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said he had caught the “American spy” who was watching the largest refinery complex in the country, which is experiencing a serious crisis of fuel shortage.
Live on state television, Maduro said the man was arrested on Thursday in the northwestern state of Falcon, where he was spying on Amuai and Cardon refineries.
Venezuelan security forces, Maduro said, arrested a “Marine who served at CIA bases in Iraq. They found special weapons, a large number of cash dollars, and other things on him.
Maduro gave no details but said the detainee testified when he was in custody.
Neither the State Department nor the White House has yet answered the request for comment.
“Amuai and Cardon are part of the Paraguai Oil Refining Center, which has a nominal production capacity of 971,000 barrels per day. Both refineries have been closed down several times in recent years, the opposition blames it on inefficient management and lack of maintenance.
Rumors of a suspected U.S. spy came after a Venezuelan court last month sentenced two former U.S. special forces officers to 20 years in prison for their involvement in a failed invasion of Venezuela in May.
Maduro also said security forces have also disrupted a plot to blow up another refinery, El Palito, in the state of Carabobo in recent days. He did not go into detail about the operation.
Having fallen under U.S. sanctions, which exacerbated a severe fuel shortage, the Venezuelan government on Friday announced a new fuel distribution initiative and said it planned to implement new refining projects without providing additional details.