Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Tuesday accused the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, CIA, of paying former Chavista leaders to invent evidence with which to accuse the socialist government of drug trafficking.
Maduro, who said the suspects are “a group of traitors who were from the Bolivarian Revolution,” vowed to expose them with forthcoming intelligence reports. He said most of them are based in the U.S. with others still operating within the country.
“I am going to reveal the evidence of how they have worked with the CIA and the NSA,” Maduro said at a televised Presidential Council meeting.
“The evidence will give them cold sweats and diarrhea.”
Last month, the U.S. Treasury Department put Venezuelan Vice President Tareck El Aissami on a sanctions list for allegedly aiding drug traffickers. They claimed El Aissami is linked to coordinating drug shipments to Mexican drug cartel Los Zetas and a Colombian drug lord.
The U.S. Treasury Department, however, has never released specific evidence directly linking El Aissami to any of these claims. Their only sources are “unnamed” former government employees who defected from the Bolivarian Revolution.
El Aissami, who headed Venezuela’s police force prior to becoming Vice President, was one of the country’s fiercest fighters against international drug trafficking.
On Tuesday, the Venezuelan government also denounced the Organization of American States, OAS, for demanding regime change in the South American country. The OAS, which recently released a report criticizing the Bolivarian Revolution for alleged “human rights violations,” is trying to suspend Venezuela’s membership.
“The OAS revives the darkest pages of the interventionist and coup history of the OAS by imposing mechanisms that flagrantly violate Venezuela’s legal and constitutional order,” the Venezuelan Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
The Foreign Ministry also branded OAS chief Luis Almagro “an enemy of the Venezuelan people,” whose objective is to “promote international intervention” in Venezuela.
Last month, Cuba denied entry to Almagro, who was scheduled to accept an award from a dissident group in Havana.