More evidence surfaced Wednesday, for the second day in row, allegedly exposing the violent operations of Venezuela's right-wing opposition, including explicit details on a controversial murder case, which may be financially and politically tied to the U.S. embassy in the country.
Diosdado Cabello, the president of Venezuela’s National Assembly, released a new video Wednesday in which Jose Rafael Perez, the prime suspect in the gruesome murder of Venezuelan Liana Hergueta, confesses how he and his accomplice committed the crime and affirmed he received financial support from the U.S. embassy and even U.S. senators. He mentions Republican Senator and presidential hopeful Marco Rubio in connection with the financing of his operations.
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In the video, Perez alleges that opposition student leader Gabriela Arellano met with a U.S. official to discuss an “exit” plan for Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, with the intent on finding financial backing to destabilize the country.
In the video, Perez says he and his accomplice, Andrew Carlos Trejo, contacted Hergueta through the mobile phone application WhatsApp, with the intent of robbing then killing her.
He alleges Venezuelan professor Betty Grossi was a long-time contributor and that she was a conduit for funds from Spain and the United State. Perez also claims United States Senator Marco Rubio was somehow involved, and that Grossi was the one who received the money and did the conversions.
Earlier, Cabello said that former Colombian President Alvaro Uribe sponsored paramilitaries in Venezuela with the intent to create social and political instability.
His statements echoed an earlier announcement by President Maduro, who alleged that the right-wing opposition was linked to Colombian paramilitaries.
The parliamentary leader also revealed a plan by a woman identified as Taiz Gonzalez, aka Dora the Explorer, who is in charge of purchasing chemical substances to be used in terrorist attacks in Venezuela.
“Uribe has financed and sponsored paramilitaries in Venezuela,” Cabello insisted.
The speaker of the assembly also mentioned a person by the name of Jose Luis Santa Maria “whose function is to place explosives in the Miraflores (presidential) Palace.”
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**Correction: this article originally referred to Betty Grossi as a U.S. congresswoman. She is in fact a Venezuelan professor. Marco Rubio was the congressperson the video refers to.