Former Venezuelan General Miguel Rodriguez Torres is being accused of being an informant for the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, DEA, after the Venezuelan outlet Ultimas Noticias published a document obtained from the federal agency late Saturday.
The confidential report names Rodriguez Torres, a former minister of Venezuela’s Department of Interior Relations, Justice and Peace, as an information provider for the arrests of top United Socialist Party of Venezuela, PSUV, and military leaders.
Citing the former general’s “useful and real information,” the report states that many of these criminal charges pursued were “achieved through the collaboration of Rodriguez Torres.” It also recommends that Rodriguez Torres be secured as a protected source for the DEA and the U.S. government.
"Commander Chavez when he was ill, asked the traitor today, to protect the life of Nicolas Maduro. He betrayed the Commander and Venezuela."
In addition, the document revealed that 40 percent of his property and money is held in bank accounts in the United States, under his wife’s name, Zuleima Medina Rodiguez.
Rodriguez Torres, in response, tweeted Saturday night that the findings are a false “montage.”
1/3 Están desatados los laboratorios de guerra— M Rodríguez Torres (@RodriguezT4F) June 25, 2017
sucia de siempre, ya conocidos por lo chambones. De paso son bien malos en sus montajes!
"They have unleashed a laboratory of dirty war. Incidentally they have assembled it badly."
The revelations come just hours after Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro warned that opposition leaders from the Democratic Unity Table, MUD, are seeking the rebellion of the military, many with ties to the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency.
"There are those who work for the United States Central Intelligence Agency, I have the evidence (from) long ago, that's why I threw (them) out of the government," he declared Saturday afternoon, during an event to commemorate National Bolivarian Army Day and 196 years since the Battle of Carabobo.
At that event, Maduro also announced that Bolivarian National Armed Forces, FANB, and the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service, Sebin, were able to stop an “oligarchic, imperialist coup that was being planned against Venezuela this week.”
"I do not exaggerate when I say that it was going to involve the arrival of fleets and gringo troops to Venezuelan seas, to Venezuelan lands, to justify a military operation … and to occupy our country,” the president had affirmed.
Maduro also reported that Venezuelan authorities had tracked opposition leaders that sought to sabotage the National Electoral Council's computer mainframe, in order to prevent the National Constituent Assembly elections from taking place on July 30.