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The blackout in Venezuela on July 22 was caused by a US spy plane

Summary of Disinformation

Venezuelan government says that the electromagnetic attack that caused the blackout on July 22, leaving 15 of the 23 states of the country without electricity, was launched from a US spy plane. This hasn’t been denied by Washington, which says that it was a mission approved by several nations.

RT Spanish, RT Spanish on Facebook
RT Spanish, RT Spanish on Facebook

No evidence is given to support the claim that the July 22 blackout was caused by an electromagnetic attack or that it was launched from a plane. Rather, most experts think that the most likely reason for the frequent blackouts in Venezuela is the poor maintenance of the electric grid of the country.

Nicolás Maduro’s government tried to link the interception of a US surveillance plane EP-3 by a Sukhoi Su-30 of the Venezuelan Air Force on July 19 to the mentioned power outage that took place three days later. RT news programme intentionally misled spectators by claiming that Washington said “the mission was approved by several nations”. It referred to comments to the Associated Press Spanish service made by the head of the US Southern Command, Admiral Craig Faller, who admitted the existence of surveillance flights over Venezuela in close coordination with Brazil and Colombia, but by no means did he mean an operation to cause a blackout in a country.

You can see other examples of Russian disinformation about US actions in Venezuela, such as the sending of a hospital ship as preparation for a military intervention, plans for the fragmentation of the country or a “Maidan style” operation to overthrow Maduro.


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Reported in: Issue 159
Date: 29.07.2019
Language: Spanish, Castilian
Country: Venezuela
Keywords: Nicolas Maduro, Cyber
Outlet where the disinformation appeared: RT Spanish News programme on 29/07/2019 time 11:58-12:12
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