USAID, Uribe and Venezuelan opposition plotting violence, sabotage and scarcity, according to leaked document

By RYAN MALLETT-OUTTRIM

Mass rally on March 11, 2013 at the nomination for Nicolás Maduro as the presidential candidate for the United Socialist Party of Venezuela.

Mass rally on March 11, 2013 at the nomination for Nicolás Maduro as the presidential candidate
for the United Socialist Party of Venezuela.

MERIDA, Venezuelanalysis.com (Nov. 6) – US and Colombian organisations are working with the Venezuela’s political opposition to sabotage Venezuelan infrastructure, create deadly street violence, exacerbate food scarcity and provoke an international intervention, according to documents obtained by attorney and journalist Eva Golinger.

“Foreign interests, from Colombia and the US, are working with opposition groups inside Venezuela to destabilize his [President Nicolás Maduro’s] government, aiming towards sabotaging the upcoming December 8 municipal elections,” Golinger told VA via email on Wednesday.

First revealed by Golinger in a piece published by RT’s Spanish channel, the document (see appendix this article) titled, “Venezuelan Strategic Plan,” outlines a 15 point plan to be implemented as part of an on-going campaign against the Venezuelan government.

“The plan, agreed by consensus with worthy representatives of the opposition to the government of Nicolás Maduro, focuses on these objectives with the continued strong support of several global personalities, with the function of returning to Venezuela true democracy and independence, that have been kidnapped over 14 years,” the document states in an introductory paragraph.

It then continues by listing a series of 15 “actions” in point form.

The third point appears to endorse sabotage.

“Maintain and increase the sabotage that affect the population’s services, particularly the electricity system, that puts blame on the government for assumed inefficiencies and negligence,” it states.

This advice is followed by calls to, “Create situations of crisis in the streets that facilitate the intervention of North America and the forces of NATO, with support of the government of Colombia.”

“Whenever possible, the violence should cause deaths and injuries. Encourage hunger strikes of numerous days, massive mobilisations, problems in the universities and other sectors of society now identified with government institutions,” the document states.

Another point also states, “increase the problems with scarcity of basic products of the food basket.”

The document further advocates for supporting “the normalisation of US-Venezuelan relations”, and also advises the opposition to “Maintain and increase the campaign against Cuban interference”.

The usual suspects

“President Maduro has denounced these plots over the past few months, but most international media, and local private media, have ridiculed him and dismissed the information. Now, this document puts names and details to what Maduro has been denouncing,” Golinger told VA.

According to Golinger, the document was produced at the time of a meeting in June between US based FTI Consulting, the Colombian organisations Fundación Centro de Pensamiento Primero Colombia (Centre for Thought Foundation of Colombia First) and Fundación Internacionalismo Democratico (Democratic Internationalism Foundation). The Colombian organisations appear to be linked to former Colombian president Alvaro Uribe.

The logos of all three organisations are present in the header.

“The source of the document is the three organizations in the header that appear to have prepared the plan. I can’t reveal my source as to how I obtained it, but the authorship belongs to those organizations,” Golinger stated.

A long-time critic of former Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez and his successor, Uribe admitted last year that he had wanted to take military action against Venezuela during his presidency, but “lacked time”. He has met with numerous Venezuelan opposition figures in recent years, though former opposition presidential candidate Henrique Capriles has tried to distance himself from Uribe.

Mark Feierstein, Head of USAID for Latin America

Mark Feierstein, Head of USAID for Latin America

According to Golinger, the June meeting was also attended by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) regional head Mark Feierstein, psychologist and political strategist Juan Jose Rendon and leaders of the Venezuelan opposition including Maria Corina Machado, Julio Borges and Ramon Guillermo Avelado.

Maria Corina Machado, Member of the National Assembly

Maria Corina Machado, Member of the National Assembly

Machado was a signatory of the Carmona Decree, which suspended the National Assembly and declared Pedro Carmona head of state during the 2002 coup that temporarily ousted Chavez, and in June the Venezuelan government released an audio recording that allegedly implicated her in another coup plot.

Jorge Borges, Member of the National Assembly

Jorge Borges, Member of the National Assembly

A co-founder of the opposition party Primero Justicia and current member of the AN, Borges was reportedly a ringleader of a campaign by opposition legislators to not recognise Maduro’s presidential victory in April. He was involved in a brawl in the AN during a protest that month, and more recently was suspended from the AN for 30 days for misconduct.

Aveledo is the executive secretary of the opposition umbrella group, the Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD).

Juan José (J.J.) Rendón Delgado, Psychologist and expert in psychological warfare

Juan José (J.J.) Rendón Delgado, Psychologist and expert in psychological warfare

Meanwhile, Rendon is an outspoken opponent of the Venezuelan government, and USAID has long been accused by leftist governments in Latin America of unduly interfering in the domestic affairs of countries including Venezuela. In a leaked 2006 US diplomatic memo published by Wikileaks earlier this year, then US ambassador to Venezuela William Brownfield stated that the “majority” of USAID’s operations in Venezuela were related to infiltrating and undermining the ruling socialist party (PSUV).

Media war

A number of the document’s recommendations also appear to relate to the opposition’s public relations campaign.

The first point advises the “Perfecting of Henrique Capriles’ confrontational and complainant discourse”, while another point advises the use of “short messages”.

Along with urging the opposition to reach out to “opinion and personality leaders” for support, the document also indicates the plan includes the recruiting of “Venezuelan and international journalists and reporters like: CNN, The New York Times, The New York Post, Reuters, AP, EFE, The Miami Herald, Time, BBC, El Pais, Clarin, ABC among others.”

Another point advocates for the strengthening of “lobbying with the governments of Latin America, mainly in those countries which may be more sensitive to pressure from our allies, consider Colombia, Peru, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay, Costa Rica, Guatemala, El Salvador, Mexico and Honduras”.

The document also marks Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, Nicaragua as allies of Venezuela.

Today, Maduro alleged that some media outlets are part of an “economic war driven by sectors of the Venezuelan right”.

“We can not allow them to use the media for psychological warfare; there is no country in the world that would allow it,” he stated.

usaid.2“And it’s not just the far right wing that is involved, in the case of the US, members from the Obama administration are actively involved in this plan. The USAID director for Latin America was present at the meeting when the document was prepared,” Golinger told VA.

At the time of writing, USAID was yet to respond to the latest allegations, but in the past US officials have denied similar allegations of plotting against the government.

“We completely reject the Venezuelan government’s allegations of U.S. [sic] government involvement in any type of conspiracy to destabilize [sic] the Venezuelan government,” the US embassy said in a statement last month.

The statement was released after three US diplomats were expelled from Venezuela for allegedly meeting with members of the opposition aligned Sumate lobby group. The organisation was founded by Machado in 2002.

Capriles is also yet to respond. Today, the de facto opposition leader visited Pope Francis at the Vatican City. Capriles urged the Pope to take a mediatory role in Venezuelan politics.

“The word of the Holy Father for our beloved Venezuela is dialogue, we have asked for his mediation via the church if possible,” Capriles tweeted.

In an open letter to the Pope Capriles states, “[t]his is a government that feeds off fear, hatred and lies, and aims to make all Venezuelans live in darkness and division.”

However, the call for mediation comes just days after Capriles released a campaign video ahead of the 8 December municipal elections reiterating claims that Maduro won the 14 April presidential elections by fraud. He also accused the government of trying to intimidate voters by recording choices at the ballot box.

“A strategy they use is to say that they know who you vote for,” Capriles stated.

However, the Maduro administration doesn’t appear to have ever issued such threats, though it has repeatedly assured that votes remain anonymous.

Moreover, the latest allegations of US interference in Venezuelan politics also comes on the heels of the release of new US National Security Agency (NSA) documents by whistleblower Edward Snowden that identify Venezuela as a priority target for electronic eavesdropping in 2007.

The leaked NSA documents also indicate that “psychological operations” have been employed in Venezuela by the US.

According to Golinger, the document she revealed “evidences the very real, dangerous plans underway against the Venezuelan government”.

“Not only should we be concerned about these revelations, [the] international media should be ashamed for not taking them seriously before it’s too late,” Golinger stated.

“Coups happen, so do foreign interventions,” she wrote.

“Venezuelan Strategic Plan”

Facsimile of Venezuela Strategic Plan

Facsimile of Venezuela Strategic Plan

Plan Estratégico Venezuela
13 de junio de 2013

(Translated by Axis of Logic)

Democracy in Latin America has suffered a setback and is kidnapped by populist governments that prohibit, violate and intimidated the liberal thinking, freedom of expression and human rights in the region.El Centro de Pensamiento Primero Colombia (The Center of Thought First Colombia) supports free and open discussion of the liberal thought in Latin America to disarm the expanded threat in the region with the violation of Human Rights and of the Popular Will.

By such facts in conjunction with the FTI Consulting and with the Fundacion Internacionalismo Democratico (Foundation Democratic Internationalism), we work to restore democracy in Latin America that has been aggrieved by the pseudo-progressive regimes led by Venezuela.

The Venezuelan Strategic Plan, agreed with worthy representatives of the opposition to the government of Nicolas Maduro, and is geared toward these objectives with the strong and constant support of several leading personalities in work to return Venezuela to true democracy and independence that has been held hostage by more than 14 years.

Time

We have 185 days to reach the goals set for Venezuelan Strategic Plan and to execute the action designed to achieve the objective.

Scope

In the entire territory of the Republic of Venezuela, to all the sectors of Venezuelan citizenship and to all the government and administrative institutions of the country.

Actions

  • To refine the confrontational speech and complainant, Henrique Capriles. That is more fresh  and attractive but at the same time to show resolution and consistency in its lines. Clearly establish the motto “We are a better alternative.”To generate excitement with short messages but ones that reach greater numbers of people, returning to the social problems, causing social discontent. To increase the problems with shortages of basic products of the food basket.
  • To maintain and increase the sabotage that affect services to the population particularly to the electrical system, that allows for blaming the government for alleged inefficiencies and negligence.
  • To support the normalization of US-Venezuelan relations. This, will dilute the campaign of the government on the interference of the United States and justify the direct contact between our related forces.
  • To create crisis situations in the streets to facilitate the intervention by the United States and NATO forces, with the support of the government of Colombia. When possible, the violence must cause deaths and injuries. Encourage hunger strikes of several days, mass mobilizations, problems in universities and other sectors of society already identified as governmental institutions.
  • To move all available forces to compile a dossier of disrepute and weakening of the government that will give greater credibility to the opposition. With the support of the United States government, manipulate the involvement of the government and senior officials with drug trafficking and money laundering.
  • To enhance the actions of lobbying governments in Latin America, mainly in those countries that may be more sensitive to the pressures of our allies, namely Colombia, Peru, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay, Costa Rica Guatemala, El Salvador, Mexico and Honduras. At the same time depressing the governments of countries allied to the regime, Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Ecuador and Nicaragua generating discredit in both regions.To increase the supply of financial funds that  Venezuelan opposition receives, aiming to reach at least 55% of the mayors in the municipal elections.
  • To maintain and increase the campaign against Cuban interference; to affect the main social missions and diminish popular support for the government. To especially treat the presence of Cuban soldiers in the Venezuelan Armed Forces.
  • To prepare and disseminate printed and audiovisual materials that expand the matrices of opinion in our interest, with the slogan, “We are a better alternative.” In addition to identify and reattribute identified problems that point to the opposition. Hire journalists and reporters from 9   international media: CNN, The New York Times, The New York Post, Reuters, AP, EFE, The Miami Herald, Time, BBC, and Venezuela’s Clarín, ABC, among others. To these ends make the necessary contacts with the Foreign Press Association in Caracas.
  • To promote the pronouncements of opinon leaders and personalities around the world who identify with the feeling of our plans and actions in favor of Venezuela.
  • To extend the image of a severe crisis in Venezuela to more external media and possible countries as a means of managing international public opinion.
  • To work from now on in the formulation of the legal conditions necessary for a future institutional transition in Venezuela.
  • To coordinate the specific tasks that run the representatives of the Mesa de Unidad Demorcratica (MUD)* in the United States, in alliance with the opposition forces against the Castro regime that lie in that country. To strengthen the work of the mayor of the City of Doral [Florida], its mayor, Luigi Boria, and the Organización de Venezolanos Perseguidos Políticos en el Exilio (Organization of Persecuted Venezuelans in Exile – VEPPEX), with the support of the congressmen and senators of Cuban origin and the Cuban American National Foundation, among other organizations that support our Strategic Plan.*NOTE: Mesa de Unidad Demorcratica or “MUD” is the alliance of oppositin political parties in Venezuela
  • To contact military groups, active and retired who have already been identified; to extend the campaign to delegitimize the government’s prestige within the [Venezuelan] Armed Forces under the principle that the Armed Forces must take on the role of guarantor of democracy in Venezuela. We must achieve, by any means, the reestablishment of the constitution. It is vital to prepare the military for that from a scenario of crisis and social unrest championing insurrection against the government, or at least support of a foreign intervention or a civil uprising.

Purpose

The objectives posed in the present plan is essentially to target the municipal scheduled for 8 December, at the same time they include the gradual accelerated wearing down of the management of the government by providing the supreme triumph of the opposition in that event, but it will be much better if this can be achieved earlier [before December 8 Mayoral Elections]

Source for Plan Estratégico Venezuela (in Spanish): RT News

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