* National Assembly president Nicolás Maduro and parliamentarian
Cilia Flores, both members of ruling party MVR, on December
13th filed new evidence of a plan intended to "isolate" and
"destabilize" Venezuela, and directly accused a US congresswoman
of involvement in said plot.
* Flores disclosed a recording of an alleged conversation
between two Venezuelan women, Patricia Andrade and Tamara
Suju, tuning up details to report human right violations in
Venezuela after December 4th parliament polls. According to
Flores, Andrade and Suju had support from US Congress representative
Ileana Ross Letinen.
* Flores added that they planned to offer a news conference
"to demonstrate -based on all the maneuvers of Ms Patricia
Andrade-" that "Venezuela has incurred in human rights violations."
* "For such purposes, this Ms Patricia Andrade has an alliance
or a combination with Cuban-US congresswoman Ileana Ross,
who is widely known because she allegedly works with all the
cases of human rights violations. And she is now setting this
trap against Venezuela. They planned to show, in the days
after December 4, that Venezuela is involved in human rights
violations," Flores added.
* She insisted that "the US Embassy, President George W.
Bush' administration, CIA, and stateless Venezuelans" are
involved in this plan and are "plotting to destroy not only
democracy but also the peace of Venezuelans."
* Flores said Andrade, who has lived in US over the last
10 years, "is an undercover agent with CIA. She has direct
contact with destabilizing and terrorist sectors in Venezuela,
those who participated in April 11 coup, and who conceived
a plan (to prevent) December 4th (parliament polls), as we
had previously reported."
* Flores said Tamara Suju, a niece of retired general Oswaldo
Suju Rafu, is a friend of general Felipe Rodríguez, known
as the Raven, who has been accused in connection with murder
and explosive attacks against diplomatic premises in Venezuela.
* US Ambassador to Venezuela William Brownfield denied again
an involvement in any plot to destabilize the government of
President Hugo Chávez.
* Brownfield spoke ironically about "the number of plots
and conspiracies I am managing at this current time. I think
they are about 23 or 24."
* The official repeated that Washington has no involvement,
interest or activity whatsoever aimed at overthrowing the
* For his part, Luis Posada Carrilles' attorney Joaquín
Chaffardet labeled as show and reckless charges against him
by a group of pro-government deputies about a presumed plot
to "isolate and destabilize" Venezuela.
* Chaffardet refused "any link with such activities. No military
action is necessary, because I particularly do not trust in
the army and do not want a military government."
* "Nicolás Maduro (the chair of the National Assembly)
or even the President of the Republic are not men enough to
* A special committee of the National Assembly as of January
5th is to delve into an alleged plot to destabilize Venezuela
following December 4th parliament election, as reported on
December 13th by a group of pro-government parliamentarians,
including the chair of the legislature, Nicolás Maduro.
* Pro-government parliamentarians Cilia Flores, Darío
Vivas, and Ricardo Sanguino presented recordings of an alleged
phone conversation between Venezuelan citizens Patricia Andrade
and Tamara Sujú.
* In such a conversation, Ms Andrade and Ms Sujú mentioned
local TV networks Radio Caracas Televisión and Globovisión
in connection with the alleged plot, which also involves Cuban-US
congresswoman Eliana Rosset. The pro-government parliamentarians
therefore demanded an explanation from those television stations.
* Maduro reminded that he recently filed with the Attorney
General's Office and the Military Attorney General's Office
a claim on an "international conspiracy." He insisted that
the newly elected Parliament is to conduct a more comprehensive
investigation into this issue.
* Maduro also ensured he is to present these recordings to
the Organization of American States, as in their conversation
one of the women mentioned the possibility to ask OAS international
observers to participate in a trial against dissident general
Rodríguez on January 16, 2006.
* The group of pro-government lawmakers insisted that the
United States is involved in this plot and asked the US Embassy
to Venezuela for an explanation on the "diplomatic valises"
Ms Andrade and Ms Sujú mentioned in their conversation.
* Meanwhile, deputy Sanguino stressed that the plan was intended
to "create a front against Venezuela in order to isolate President
* Pro-Chávez parliamentarian Darío Vivas ensured
that the plot included funding opposition parties for them
to withdraw from December 4th polls. According to Vivas, US
ambassador William Brownfield "cannot do anything he wants
without giving any notice to the Venezuelan Foreign Affairs
* Based on the conversation between Ms Andrade and Ms Sujú,
deputy Flores concluded that they wanted to seek political
refugee status for Luis Posada Carriles and "involve general
Felipe Rodríguez (known as "the Raven") in such a negotiation."
* Venezuelan Vice-President José Vicente Rangel would
not be surprised about any involvement of US Ambassador William
Brownfield in a plot denounced recently by pro-government
* "It would be not surprising, as CIA and intelligence agencies
are everywhere," he added.
* Rangel was reminded that the US diplomat denied any link
with a plot against Venezuela. "Criminals deny having committed
a crime," he answered.
* On the claims made recently by deputies Nicolás Maduro
and Cilia Flores, the senior official maintained that significant
evidence has been submitted.
* "Every week, there is conspiracy in Venezuela. And we have
security and intelligence agencies that disclose such plots."
* State security agencies had addressed already the claims
of plot made recently at the National Assembly (AN,) Minister
of the Interior and Justice Jesse Chacón said.
* The efforts of the Military Intelligence Division (DIM,)
the Directorate for Intelligence, Security and Prevention
(Disip,) the navy and the army, helped unveil a plot of some
opposition sectors to cause chaos during the elections for
parliament, the Minister said in a press release, as quoted
by official news agency ABN.
* The minister recalled that the plan started with student
riots in Andean Trujillo state, followed by placement of some
explosive devices in Caracas, and finally burst of an oil
pipeline in Paraguaná refinery.
* The senior official noted much progress in the investigations
and hinted upcoming detentions of conspirators.
* US ambassador William Brownfield on December 15th said
his country's relations with Venezuela are not going through
their best time and hoped things improve next year.
* "This has been a year with sensitive and difficult times,"
the diplomat stressed.
* "I hope we may reach any agreement allowing greater cooperation
in the issue of illegal drugs. I hope we may clarify a little
this matter of spare parts and pieces supply for F-16s owned
by the Venezuelan Air Force. I hope we may successfully solve
some trade issues involving US private firms and the Venezuelan
government," said Brownfield, listing some of his expectations
* He also voiced interest in achieving "some progress in
the issue of free trade in the hemisphere and close the gap
between the 29 countries supporting the Free Trade Area of
the Americas, the four nations that prefer to wait and see,
and the one nation that backs a different model (referring
to Venezuela's proposal, called Bolivarian Alternative for