Disinfo: The invasion of Venezuela was planned by Guaidó and the White House

Summary

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó and Jordan Goudreau, a former member of the US Special Forces, planned the invasion of Venezuela in the White House. The meeting happened in February and it was attended by Donald Trump who issued the orders to plan the attack himself. Both Donald Trump and Juan Guaidó try to deny the allegations.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about the use of foreign mercenaries by the United States secret services to stage or incite coups in countries with hostile regimes.

The claims that the White House or Donald Trump was involved remain unfounded. Venezuelan state TV recently aired an interrogation of Luke Denman, one of the US citizens involved in the operation, where the former sergeant alleges that he was acting under the command of Donald Trump. However, the authenticity of the confession has been called into question as observers warn that the video was heavily edited, and it was likely filmed while Denman was speaking under duress. Another link between Donald Trump and Jordan Goudreau is Silvercorp’s own claim to have “led international security teams” for the president of the United States, but Goudreau had only provided private security at Trump political rallies. Despite these connections in the past, there is no evidence that the private contractors behind the operation were under Donald Trump’s command.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 198
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 14/05/2020
  • Language/target audience: Bulgarian
  • Country: Venezuela, US
  • Keywords: Coup, Secret services, Foreign mercenaries
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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about the failure of the West to respond to the coronavirus pandemic and the dismissal of Russian disinformation as an expression of Western "Russophobia".

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Disproof

A recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the war in Ukraine, claiming that Russia is not part of the conflict in Donbas, that Russia has nothing to do with the war in eastern Ukraine and that there is a “civil war” in Donbas.

There is ample irrefutable evidence of direct Russian military involvement in eastern Ukraine. The EU condemns the clear violation of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity by acts of aggression by the Russian armed forces since February 2014.

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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about the war in Ukraine.

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