Espionage against Venezuelan Opposition In Broad Daylight, New Video Shows

By: Sabrina Martín - @SabrinaMartinR - Mar 9, 2017, 1:34 pm
Espionage Against Venezuela Opposition
A video revealed undoubtable proof that the opposition is persecuted in Venezuela. (El Siglo)

EspañolThe Bolivarian Intelligence Service, Venezuela’s secret service, has developed a reputation for harassing opposition leaders.

A new video released this month shows how opposition leaders in Venezuela are submitted to obvious harassment. The most recent victim is Congressman Richard Blanco, who shed light this week on spying ordered by Nicolas Maduro‘s administration.

Blanco appeared in a photo next to Mitzy Capriles, the wife of political prisoner Antonio Ledezma, claiming on social media that the Bolivarian Intelligence Service (SEBIN) chased them relentlessly using unmarked cars.


The video shows Blanco approaching a van with no license plate asking them why they are following him. The driver did not lower the window to give an explanation. Minutes later, officials of the Bolivarian National Guard also arrived to see what was happening, and were ignored, according to officials.

“How can officials who should be working against the country’s insecurity chase us for several hours? … They are unnecessarily harassing us, for the simple fact of thinking differently,” Capriles said.

On February 22nd, Congressman Luis Florido also denounced persecution by SEBIN officials in the state of Táchira. Florido, said on Twitter that two SEBIN vehicles were chasing him.

In September 2016, Miranda Governor Henrique Capriles claimed that Maduro’s administration uses SEBIN to spy on political opponents.

“This government turned SEBIN into the ruling party’s espionage team. Unprepared officers carry a gun, a new car, a badge and are sent off to chase political leaders,” he said.

“It is unfortunate that SEBIN is dedicated to gossip and espionage. You are robbed or killed and you do not see any officers, but when any leader says something, there they are, “he said.

Even renowned singer Miguel Ignacio Mendoza “Nacho” denounced persecution by SEBIN officials, after giving a speech to the opposition-majority National Assembly.

The artist published a video in which he claimed three intelligence agents asked for him at the counter of the Venezuelan airline Santa Barbara.

International espionage

On February 14th, while in Peru, Spokeswoman for the Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD) claimed the Venezuelan ambassador “is constantly persecuting her.”

Opposition leader Paulina Facchin said Venezuelan Ambassador to Peru Diego Molero has been chasing after her for six years. Facchin filed a complaint with Peruvian prosecutor Pablo Sánchez.

Facchin, who is in exile, said the Venezuelan government keeps her under surveillance, and that the location of her home and her car’s registration were revealed on loyalist Congressman Diosdado Cabello‘s television program.

In a report published on December 2nd, 2016, PanAm Post reported that Venezuelan intelligence officials have assumed positions as ambassadors or similar positions in order to perform surveillance work against opponents abroad.

They are allegedly part of a network of spies belonging to the Foreign Operations Co-Engineer (COE), linked to SEBIN.

These officials have credentials and perform various roles in the Venezuelan government and diplomatic headquarters abroad.

Sabrina Martín Sabrina Martín

Sabrina Martín is a Venezuelan journalist, commentator, and editor based in Valencia with experience in corporate communication. Follow @SabrinaMartinR.

Candidate Lasso Promises to Take Ecuador Out of Socialist Regional Alliance ALBA

By: Karina Martín - Mar 9, 2017, 1:27 pm
Movimiento CREO candidate Guillermo Lasso sees ALBA as an ineffective body (

Español Guillermo Lasso, the opposition candidate for the presidency in Ecuador, announced that if he assumes power he will withdraw his country from the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of our America (ALBA). Lasso added that he will, however, immediately apply for membership in the Pacific Alliance (formed by Peru, Colombia, Chile and Mexico), since in his view, there are "big opportunities" in that bloc. Read More: Ecuador: Democratic Left Candidate Moncayo Will Support Lasso to End Correismo Read More: Meet Guillermo Lasso, Ecuador's Best Hope to End a Decade of Socialist Rule For the center-right candidate, ALBA is a place with a lot of talk and little action, in which people spend their time talking about much and doing nothing about the world. "We will say 'bye, bye' to ALBA," Lasso promised. It is time to "turn the page and leave behind this history of dictatorships of a political party, to restore democracy and freedoms in Latin American countries," he commented, and expressed his intention to fight in favor of the consolidation of "democracy and freedom in all countries of Latin America." Lasso, said that his promise "does not imply that we are going to damage our relationships with Russia, Iran or China. On the contrary, we will maintain very good relations within the realm of democracy, freedom, respect for human rights, boosting trade and investment," he said. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); }); The opposition candidate also promised to create a million jobs during his tenure as president, and plays up his credentials as an entrepreneur for 46 years, during which he claims to have generated "more than 100,000 jobs in the private sector." He also assured that he will defend his country's potential as an exporter of shrimp, cacao, flowers, and coffee, among other products. Lasso claims that the key to Ecuador's agricultural advancement is the process of agro-industrialization, while boosting foreign direct investment which will lead to greater employment. The candidate has also expressed his "pride" in being an "honest banker," unlike collaborators of the current government who "ended up fleeing to Miami," he says. "My hands are clean. We have not lost a penny of any Ecuadorians," he said, recalling his administration of the Bank of Guayaquil, which "went ahead without a cent from the Ecuadorian state." Sources: La Republica, El Carabobeno

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