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Chavez: American man detained in Venezuela
Associated Press ^ | August 9, 2012 | CHRISTOPHER TOOTHAKER

Posted on 08/09/2012 8:07:14 PM PDT by grundle

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- President Hugo Chavez announced Thursday that Venezuelan security forces have arrested a U.S. citizen and suspect he is a mercenary who could be involved in an alleged plot to destabilize the country if the opposition's candidate loses the upcoming presidential election.

Chavez said the Hispanic man was detained Aug. 4 while crossing into Venezuela from Colombia. The president said the man was carrying a U.S. passport with entrance and exit stamps from countries including Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya as well as a notebook containing geographical coordinates.

The man's identity was not released. Chavez did not say where he was being interrogated.

An official from the U.S. Embassy in Caracas did not answer repeated telephone calls seeking comment on Chavez's announcement.

"He has all the appearance of a mercenary," Chavez said, speaking during a campaign rally in the coastal state of Vargas. "We are interrogating him."

The man tore up part of the notebook in his possession when he was detained, Chavez said.

Chavez suggested, without offering evidence, the American might have been recruited by government opponents to instigate violent protests if opposition presidential candidate Henrique Capriles loses the Oct. 7 election. Chavez has repeatedly vowed to win re-election and continue trying to steer Venezuela toward socialism.

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TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: 201210; 20121007; afghanistan; capriles; chavez; election; henriquecapriles; iraq; libya; septembersurprise; usembassy; venezuela

1 posted on 08/09/2012 8:07:17 PM PDT by grundle
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To: grundle

So to ad instability to his government, we send in someone who has been everywhere so no one will see him. If we had a competent government.................................................. never mind.


2 posted on 08/09/2012 8:15:41 PM PDT by foundedonpurpose (It's time for a fundamental restoration, of our country's principles!)
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To: grundle

How come this pissant sick Communist is still alive?

Like Fidel, these dictators go on and on.


3 posted on 08/09/2012 8:17:09 PM PDT by exit82 (Pass the word: Obama is a FAILURE!! Democrats are the enemies of freedom!)
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To: exit82

Good question, I’m amazed also and not because of his cancer.


4 posted on 08/09/2012 8:24:00 PM PDT by jazusamo ("Intellect is not wisdom" -- Thomas Sowell)
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To: grundle

Hope it’s Sean Penn!


5 posted on 08/09/2012 8:33:56 PM PDT by DefeatCorruption
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To: grundle

CIA?


6 posted on 08/09/2012 8:51:51 PM PDT by madison10
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To: grundle
The president said the man was carrying a U.S. passport with entrance and exit stamps from countries including Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya

Because everyone knows that mercenaries always get their passports stamped.

7 posted on 08/09/2012 8:53:44 PM PDT by RedWhiteBlue (Mama tried)
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To: DefeatCorruption
Hope it’s Sean Penn!

It can't be him - he's too busy visiting Cuba!

8 posted on 08/09/2012 8:57:25 PM PDT by grundle
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To: grundle

A really fat guy?


9 posted on 08/09/2012 9:04:09 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: grundle

Anyone sent by Obama would be there to support Chavez.


10 posted on 08/11/2012 2:56:16 PM PDT by BinaryBoy (I'm anti-socialism because I'm anti-slavery.)
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Anyone sent by Obama would be there to support Chavez.

Yup, so why, and whom? A conservative TEA Party person?

11 posted on 09/07/2012 3:53:04 PM PDT by Karliner ( Jeremiah 29:11, Romans 8:28, Romans 8:38"...this is the end of the beginning."WC)
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