Ex-US Green Beret Claims Authorship in Failed Terrorist Plots in Venezuela

(TELESUR) – The man is Jordan Goudreau, a former Green Beret who recorded himself saying he’s been hired by lawmaker Juan Guaido to overthrow Venezuela’s President Maduro.

Venezuela’s government has frustrated now twice, on Sunday and Monday, mercenaries from illegally trying to enter the country in order to carry out attacks and among those arrested are former soldiers, mercenaries, and United States’ operatives. All behind “Operation Gedeon,” a new attempt to oust President Nicolas Maduro and destabilize Venezuela.

As news about the foiled attempts came out, parallelly a United States former Army special forces operative claimed responsibility. The man is Jordan Goudreau, a former Green Beret who recorded himself saying he’s been hired by lawmaker Juan Guaido to overthrow Venezuela’s President Maduro.

Goudreau served in Iraq and Afghanistan and now runs a Florida-based security company called Silvercorp USA since 2018. The company’s website gloats about having operations in more than 50 countries, with an advisory team made up of former diplomats, experienced military strategists, and heads of multinational corporations.

Yet Goudreau’s story with Venezuela is quite recent as it goes back to February 2019, when he worked security at a concert in support of Guaido organized by British billionaire Richard Branson on the Venezuelan-Colombian border.

“Controlling chaos on the Venezuela border where a dictator looks on with apprehension,” he wrote in a photo of himself on the concert stage posted to his Instagram account as an AP investigation reported.

Soon after he met Lester Toledo, then Guaido’s coordinator for the delivery of so-called humanitarian aid. In Bogota, it was Toledo who introduced Goudreau to Cliver Alcala, the ringleader of the Venezuelan military deserters that are hiding in Colombia and who is now in U.S. custody on charges of drug trafficking.

According to Goudreau, his plan had been coordinated with Guaido who signed a contract on Oct. 16, 2019, for US$212 million. Miami-based opposition Venezuelan journalist Patricia Poleo published the document Sunday evening, which she purported to be a copy of the original contract.

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