Expert rebuts use of intelligence agency in Venezuelan overseas missions
Juan Francisco Contreras, the president of the Venezuelan Internationalists Association, thinks that Venezuelan foreign policy uses outdated criteria from the sixties
Juan Francisco Contreras, the president of the Venezuelan Internationalists Association, is concerned about the presence of intelligence officials working as diplomats in the Venezuelan legations abroad.
"This is the result of having officials (in Venezuela's Foreign Ministry) who have no idea of the meaning of international relations and the evolution of international law. The Foreign Ministry is still using outdated criteria from the sixties with regard to international relations," Contreras said.
According to US newspaper El Nuevo Herald (Miami), Livia Acosta Noguera, the recently expelled Consul General of Venezuela to Miami, and Edgar González Belandria, Venezuela's Vice Consul, are officials of the National Bolivarian Intelligence Service (Sebin). Their assets in Sebin's savings bank could be seen in the website of the intelligence agency. The database is no longer available on the website.
Contreras said that "the Venezuelan government should be highly interested in clarifying this situation, because the Foreign Ministry has been left in a very difficult situation. Diplomacy has evolved so much. We do not need to send police officers to investigate or to spy in other countries."
Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Brazil on March 13 to demand the ouster of embattled President Dilma Rousseff, carrying banners expressing anger at bribery scandals and economic woes. A banner read "We don't want a new Venezuela in Brazil."