US citizens confess 'failed coup' in Venezuela after Trump denies involvement

WION Web Team
Caracas, Venezuela Published: May 07, 2020, 09:42 AM(IST)

Luke Denman (right) and Airan Berry (left), both former US special forces soldiers, were identified by Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro during a press conference Photograph:( Twitter )

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A video released by Venezuela's government shows Luke Denman, a former special operations forces member and one of 13 people arrested over the weekend, saying that he was hired to train Venezuelans in Colombia before returning to Caracas and taking control of an airport to allow Maduro to be taken out of the country.

Venezuela's state TV has shown a video of a US citizen apparently confessing to plotting to overthrow President Nicolas Maduro and bring him to the US.

Earlier, US President Donald Trump had denied America's link to alleged Venezuela invasion attempt.

However, troops that went to capture Maduro were still in action according to Jordan Goudreau, a former US special forces soldier who was linked to plot to topple him.

Also read: US troops on mission to capture Venezuelan President Maduro still in action

Meanwhile, a video released by Venezuela's government shows Luke Denman, a former special operations forces member and one of 13 people arrested over the weekend, saying that he was hired to train Venezuelans in Colombia before returning to Caracas and taking control of an airport to allow Maduro to be taken out of the country.

"I was helping Venezuelans take back control of their country," he added.

Denman said he and Airan Berry, 41, were contracted by Jordan Goudreau, an American military veteran who leads a Florida-based Silvercorp USA firm, to carry out the operation.

Venezuela says they are "mercenaries" whose armed incursion was foiled. It will seek extradition of Goudreau, who has admitted he was involved in the operation.

According to Maduro, Silvercorp signed a contract with opposition leader Juan Guaido, a politician seen by the US and many European countries as Venezuela's legitimate leader.

Maduro has often accused US President Donald Trump of trying to invade the country and overthrow him.

"Donald Trump is the direct chief of this invasion," Mr Maduro said during a press conference, after the video of Mr Denman was broadcast.

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