May 4 – According to what announced by President Nicolas Maduro last Monday, Venezuelan police forces have arrested Airan Berry and Luke Denman, two U.S. citizens working with a Washington military veteran who has claimed responsibility for a failed armed incursion into the country. Maduro, in a TV message released to the population, said authorities detained 13 people – which he called “terrorists” – involved in a coup coordinated by Washington to enter Venezuela through the Caribbean coast and depose him.
Despite U.S. President Donald Trump denied all the allegations, while Maduro showed Berry and Denman’s ID cards and confirmed that they were working with Jordan Goudreau, an American military veteran who leads a Florida-based security company called Silvercorp USA.
As reported to Reuters, Goudreau, who identified himself as an organizer of the invasion, confirmed that Berry and Denman were also involved.
“They’re working with me. Those are my guys,” he said by telephone.
On the other hand, opposition leader Juan Guaido raised doubts on the government’s version of the events, insisting Maduro is trying to distract from other recent local issues, including a deadly prison riot and a violent gang battle in Caracas.
Washington has imposed vigorous economic sanctions against Venezuela in order to oust Maduro, whom it accuses of having rigged elections in 2018. On the other hand, Maduro’s government says the United States wants to control Venezuela’s massive oil reserves.