CIA And Sen Marco Rubio Accused Of Plotting Regime Change In Venezuela

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Venezuela’s leftist dictator Nicolas Maduro plans to proceed with a vote to create a new constituent assembly to replace the country’s opposition-controlled Congress with a friendly constituent assembly, potentially enabling the embattled despot to redraft the country’s constitution and officially marginalize his political opponents, despite the US’s repeated threats of “strong and swift economic action."

In response to the US's threats of sanctions, the country’s senior leadership have accused Sen. Marco Rubio and CIA Director Mike Pompeo of "conspiring to overthrow" the country’s floundering leftist government and replace it with a friendlier regime, according to the Miami Herald. The escalation belies the healthy business relationship between the two countries, which is centered on the US's purchases of hundreds of thousands of barrels of Venezuelan oil a day.

“What this group is trying to do with Venezuela is basically divide the government, recognize other leaders and foment a conflict with the Venezuelans,” said Carlos Ron, the chargé d'affaires of the Embassy of Venezuela, to a small group of reporters in Washington on Tuesday. “This is absolutely unacceptable.”

Ron added that the American people are not hearing the full story and accused the US of unfairly attacking the country’s democratically elected government. Of course, opposition leaders are calling for protests at the country’s polling places to try and disrupt the July 30 vote, which is widely expected to be a sham.

Ron also criticied the US’s decision to sanction Venezuelan Vice President Tareck El Aissami over his alleged ties to the global narcotics trade, saying that the country's relationship with the US has deteriorated since President Donald Trump took office.

“At this moment, relations are not good,” Ron said.

Interim Ambassador to the Organization of American States Carmen Velasquez also criticized US threats of sweeping sanctions during a nearly two-hour discussion at the Venezuelan residency in Washington this week.

For his part, Rubio has warned of a “very strong response” from Trump if Venezuela goes through with the “fraudulent vote,” vowing to recommend that a host of other senior Venezuelan officials also face sanction.

“I hope every day this week the administration will take action to make clear that we’re not going to stand by and watch democracy be totally demolished by the Maduro regime,” Rubio said.

Pompeo recently admitted that the US would like to see regime change in Venezuela, the country with the largest oil reserves on earth.

During a Q&A at the Aspen Institute security forum, Pompeo “signaled CIA’s desire for a new government in Venezuela and acknowledged having conversations about the issue in Colombia and Mexico,” according to the Herald.

“Pompeo told the group the United States has a deep interest in a stable and democratic Venezuela and that he was 'hopeful that there can be a transition in Venezuela and we, the CIA is doing its best to understand the dynamic there.'

"‘I was just down in Mexico City and in Bogota a week before last talking about this very issue, trying to help them understand the things they might do so that they can get a better outcome for their part of the world and our part of the world.’”

Oddly enough, this isn’t the first time Veneuelans have heard Rubio and Pompeo’s names mentioned in the same breath, as the Herald explains.

“Under questioning from Rubio during a May Senate hearing on worldwide security threats, Pompeo warned that large caches of weapons in Venezuela were at risk of falling into the wrong hands because of the turmoil.


‘It is a real threat,’ Pompeo said.”

While Ron and another Venezuelan official hurled insults and threats at the US during a meeting with reporters, the two government officials also hinted that there could be further talks between the two countries, saying that the lines of communication remain open.

Despite the accusations, Moncada and Ron left the door open for more discussions to avoid the sanctions. They said the two sides remain in communication, but that the United States needed to respect Venezuela’s sovereignty. Ron emphasized oil sanctions would not only hurt the Venezuelan government, but it would also hurt the Venezuelan people.


“We don’t want this conflict,” Ron said. “We don’t want this tension. What we want is a dialog, but with respect. Not with threats. Venezuela is not going to sit down together at a table under threat.”

As Venezuela’s citizens starve amid a worsening political and economic crisis that has led to hyperinflation and shortages of food, medicine and other basic necessities, Maduro's approval rating has tumbled below 30% for the first time, a nadir his predecessor, the Latin American socialist icon Hugo Chavez, never reached. In addition to being unable to provide basic goods for their people, Maduro and his government of leftist thugs have allowed law and order in the country to deteriorate. In Caracas, mobs of angry citizens routinely lynch suspected criminals in the streets, and gangs of marauding bikers waylay trucks carrying commodities like sugar to market.

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SMC's picture

Meddling must be ok when the USSA "Just Us" scum are doing it... ROFL!

jcaz's picture

Little Marco making his move!

Marco has been non gratis in the US for awhile now;

His real dream is to be the king of South America.

Chupacabra-322's picture

Always knew he "took it in the Ass" from the CIA.

Ghost of Porky's picture

Not to worry, Marco, they have foam parties in prison. Except there's no foam. And no party.

froze25's picture

Plenty of drugs in prison so there is that. "Pompeo warned that large caches of weapons in Venezuela were at risk of falling into the wrong hands because of the turmoil."
What because they are in the right hands now? What do they expect full blown Nazi's to take control and start ethnic cleansing themselves?

Erek's picture

"CIA And Sen Marco Rubio Accused Of Plotting Regime Change In Venezuela"

Are we not suprised?

nmewn's picture

Accused by Maduro's government...cleary just as factual as the Bolivar's supremacy over all other currencies  ;-)

Mustafa Kemal's picture

"Accused by Maduro's government"

There is substantial evidence that the CIA has been making problems for Venezuela for a very long time. You know, because they are evil commies and all that.

eclectic syncretist's picture

Marco Rubio is yet another Florida politician who speaks with a forked tongue, any lie his buyers put in his mouth sputtering out one side, whilst only doing what he hopes can make him personally more powerful/adored from the other. 

No patriotism whatsoever. Pathetic really.

veritas semper vinces's picture

Yes.Venezuela is going through a "color revolution" .It's quite obvious.There is a pattern ,a SEE EYE AYY one.If you don't recognize it,your loss.And this "regime change " is done under the Donald.Same modus operandus as prior American REGIMES.

See how Iran is attacked,how the attack on Russia continues(and military building at their border,the THAAD in Romania,Poland and SK).

See how Hezhollah is attacked by the Donald(they called them "terrorists" and wants to apply sanctions to them and put them on the terrorist list) .At the same time ,the American regime ,took off terrorist list  the real terrorists:Alqaeda and Mek. And has no problems selling weapons to Saudi Barbaria,the kings of terrorirsts and does not see how that shitty little  country has missiles tests and 400 nuclear ones.

The Syrian army just  seized a uuuge weapon transport with AMERICAN and FRENCH WEAPONS meant for AlQaeda. Didn't they say AlQaeda attacked us and was the number 1 threat and this was the reason we went to war?

See a clear continuation of the SAME policy under the Donald as the prior presidents? He is ,after all,responsible for the foreign policy,isn't he?

stinkypinky's picture

I'm envisioning the ultimate "Reality" TV game show - Escape from Venezuela, where the foreign contestant is dropped in the middle of Caracas with a 24-pack of toilet paper and they have to reach Trinidad in 12 hours with at least 18 of them intact to earn $10,000. 

Edit: Plus they have to wear a great big american flag as a cape while they do it.

MoreFreedom's picture

I think they're worried that generals in the Venezuelan military will sell weapons to terrorist organizations to raise money, or say trade them for food. 

The generals, and Maduro, know that if Maduro can't ensure the military and its families are fed, they won't have the loyalty of the soldiers and they'll likely be killed if they can't escape. 


froze25's picture

ARe they retarded? I have to ask because Venezuela is going to implode on their own. Time is not on their side, socialist are in control now. Let the events unfold naturally and then come in to help the new gov't with aid for infrastructure rebuilding.

TBT or not TBT's picture

A non-thieving government of Venezuela would be able to count on commerce taking off again, and both domestic and foreign capital formation. The current batch of thieves destroyed incentives for all player except themselves. Same old predictable collapse.

eclectic syncretist's picture

Clearly, the CIA is auguring for a collapse that will give them some form of power over Venezuela's oil reserves, even though the cost appears to be millions needlessly dying in a bankster responsible cum-shot-to-the-eyes fiat inflationary collapse. The bankers and the CIA have this blood on their hands. May their children reap the evil that they sow.

MoreFreedom's picture

I see no reason to "come in to help the new gov't with aid" assuming you're talking about money.  Let them fix their country on their own.  Foreign aid is just a form of enablement for big government, and who gets the aid. 

Besides, they already have infrastructure.  What they don't have is free markets, and government can easily provide that by limiting itself to protecting people from others who harm them.


You can't have freedom, and the prosperity that comes with it, unless you are first willing to give it to others, and big government isn't willing because the people in charge make huge money when they control commerce.

NoDebt's picture

Monroe Doctrine, bitchez.  We can change their government any damned time we want.  I guess Maduro didn't get the "How shit works in the Western Hemisphere" handbook when he took over.  Round these here parts we don't just meddle in internal affairs of other countries, we DICTATE how things are going to be in them.



MoreFreedom's picture

Going into other countries and changing their government creates enemies for the US.  I say stay out  Besides I don't want to pay for invading, overthrowing, and running another country.  If you want to start taxing them to make them pay for "our" government, you'll have enemies attacking you for decades.

skbull44's picture

In the twisted world we inhabit, it is absolutely fascinating to watch the US political class go batshit crazy over supposed election interference by the Russians as they crawl over one another to push for regime change in a variety of sovereign nations. Crazy, just crazy.

MoreFreedom's picture

Agreed.   Consider the hubris and narcissism they have to consider interfering in other countries.  It's a big mistake to interfere in Venezuela - it gives Maduro reasons to blame his problems on the US, and it gives socialists reasons to claim that US meddling is the reason a socialist country is failing. 


Trump, and everyone else in the US, should stay out of Venezuela and let them fail on their own.  They voted for socialism, so let them sleep in the bed they made.  It will give the ones that survive a good education. Especially the ones that voted for socialism.

GUS100CORRINA's picture

CIA And Sen Marco Rubio Accused Of Plotting Regime Change In Venezuela

My response: Yesterday, Pat Buchanan presented an article discussing America's JUST and MORAL wars. 

My question for ZH bloggers: Is this a JUST and MORAL cause? I will let you ponder the question in your own mind and reach your own conclusion.

runswithscissors's picture

Fuck it...there are no good guys...just the continued suffering of the people under the tyranny of socialism.

tripletail's picture

Indeed. It's well understood that Rubio is a Bush-CIA asset.

BabaLooey's picture

Marco Rubio is a stinky Cuban pussy.

The fuck..............

emersonreturn's picture

LOL, his goto campaign poster.  absolutely says it like it is.  brilliant.

I woke up's picture

Marco Rubio wants to be John McCain when he grows up

veritas semper vinces's picture

It would be better for everybody if he can skip the rest and go directly to the brain cancer

Juggernaut x2's picture

Rubio was actually plotting a Foam Party with some young Venezuelan men

loveyajimbo's picture

Why didn't we stop the new Hitler in Turkey when he did the same thing?

Oh yeah... Obama was busy replacing the batteries in his Turbo Butt-plug.

Juggernaut x2's picture

A Turk as the next Hitler? I've heard it all now.

Squid Viscous's picture

small minded idiots, brainwashed by years of jew tv, movies, etc

always revert to the hitler analogy

TheLastTrump's picture

Speaking of small minded's funny how they can't help but out themselves in their desperate search for relevancy.


“This reminds me of anti-Semitism,” Putin said. “The Jews are to blame for everything. An idiot cannot do anything himself, so the Jews are to blame. But we know what such attitudes lead to. They end with nothing good.”

besnook's picture

enough with that tired misquote. it makes you sound more useless than usual.

alangreedspank's picture

They did side with Germany in WW2....

TheLastTrump's picture

Why not? The Turks already practiced on the Armenians, it shouldn't be an issue to come up to speed quickly.

historian40's picture

Just another US regime change operation.  They've been working on it for years.

logicalman's picture

They have lots of the black slippery stuff.

US wants to control all of it.

Usual MO.

Demonize, divide, foment and fund violence.

Blame the existing government when chaos ensues.

Install a compliant bankster-friendly dictator.

US has no problem at all with dictators, so long as they are US approved.

There's a long list.

TheLastTrump's picture

Right. That's why the US allowed China to bid on and win Iraqi oil. Not to mention Afghanny minerals. We have more then enough oil in the USA due to fracking, wake the fuck up.



China is the one making agressive moves for oil & natgas in the S China Sea....and all her neighbors know it & are unhappy about it.



OT, it's still my opinion that Obama & the Saudis made an agreement for SA to lower the oil price to punish both Russia & US frackers starting in 2014 after the Ukraine debacle.

besnook's picture

i don't think it was aimed at the frackers but the oil glut was definitely aimed at russia and venezuela perhaps even iran and iraq. so far only venezuela has suffered.

just the tip's picture

the HNIC was tired of hearing the jobs reports coming out of texas and decided to show texas a thing or two.   too bad he didn't come to texas for an open canopy motorcade.

FoggyWorld's picture

Wonder why then we continue to increase our humiliation of Russia.   They may soon find this a very attractive field to play in and the people might be more interested in what Russia has to say than what comes from us.

libertysghost's picture

That sounds like a good narrative to start a war with distracting from the economic larceny and know?  

"Now you see Russia is really the threat we said it's trying to conquer the western hemisphere." 

swmnguy's picture

No kidding.  Maduro must be kind of slow.  The US has acknowledged, more or less openly, sponsoring at least a couple coup attempts in Venezuela.  Ever since Hugo Chavez was elected the US has been trying to destroy Venezuela, to get it back under military dictatorship and of course US corporate control.

All of Venezuela's problems since have stemmed from covert warfare by the US.  All the important problems, anyway.

scaffold's picture

Don't you see it? The coup is already done! Chavez removed and Maduro, CIA asset is now president. He is not slow or stupid, he is just traitor, playing „socialist” game. I'm amused how easy people take this game as reality. It is you who are stupid, you who believe that that puppet want anything good for Venezuela.

He intentionally destroys Venezula, it is classic game! Than CIA and can came as a savior, set the new order, and make people happy.

While Venezuelan oil industry come back to where it should belong.

FoggyWorld's picture

That's an interesting point of view but do you have anything to back it up with?   That's not what is coming out of Venezuela and the people inn the streets.  It's possible they don't know as we often don't know what is going on here but with your theory, can you suggest who that "savior" just might be.  

downwiththebanks's picture

So you're saying that after Chavez played Uncle Sam for years, his preferred successor was a CIA agent?   

Sure thing.  I'm sure the CIA is pumped about the Constituent Assembly that Maduro called, right?

libertysghost's picture

Before Chavez (so he was part of the globalist plot?) or was his "socialist utopia" (failed from the start because of things called realities both economic and political) just an coincidental benefit to their grand master plan?