A former trading partner of the former Green Beret behind the Venezuelan coup has revealed that he boasts of having the backing of the United States government for his botched plan.
Special Forces veteran Jordan Goudreau, 43, told his close friend that he had a contract with the US State Department to “protect oil interests in Venezuela”, and said “we are going to overthrow” the leader Venezuelan Nicholas Maduro, this friend told DailyMail. .com.
Donald Trump said the attempted coup, which led to the arrest of two other US special forces veterans by Maduro’s troops on Monday, had “nothing to do with our government.”
On Wednesday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo ridiculed the idea of official government involvement, saying, “There was no direct involvement of the United States government in this operation.
“(If) we would have been involved, it would have happened differently. “
When asked about those who may have funded the operation, Pompeo said: “We are not ready to share more information about what we know has taken place. “
But Goudreau’s former trading partner Drew White told DailyMail.com that the future insurgent leader visited him recently in Colorado and expressed support for the US government before traveling to Colombia to launch the coup of short duration.
Former Green Beret Jordan Goudreau claimed responsibility for organizing the failed Venezuelan coup to overthrow its leader Nicholas Maduro
Two former US Special Forces soldiers Luke Denman and Airan Berry (surrounded) were arrested in Venezuela on Monday after their “plot to assassinate Maduro” was foiled
Goudreau said he had last communicated with Denman (right) and Berry (left) when they were adrift in a boat “hugging” the Caribbean coast of Venezuela. They were still in their boat after an initial confrontation with the Venezuelan navy on Monday, he said.
Goudreau’s ex-business partner Drew White (photo) told DailyMail.com that Goudreau boasted of having the support of the United States government for his botched plan. Goudreau, 43, said he had a contract with the US State Department to “protect oil interests in Venezuela” and said “we are going to overthrow” Maduro
White said that he had fought alongside Goudreau in Iraq, that he had made him the best man in his marriage and that he had founded the Florida security company Silvercorps USA with the veteran Green Beret.
The two men started the business in March 2018 to post Special Operations soldiers in schools across the United States to prevent school shooters following the Parkland massacre, but separated a few months later when Goudreau started pursuing other projects.
White, who lives in Colorado Springs, described the last time he saw Goudreau before embarking on his unlikely plan to defeat the Venezuelan army with a group of 300 malnourished, barely trained rebels.
“He went out to Colorado,” said White. “He said he had an agreement with the State Department to protect oil interests in Venezuela.
“He said it was given to him directly. He said that the State Department ordered and transmitted it, that it was a legitimate transaction and that he also received private funding, which is not unusual with this sort of thing. .
“Basically it was like” we’re going to overthrow Maduro “” At that point, I thought to myself “” that doesn’t seem legitimate “” and we led the way. ”
White, 35, a former senior special forces sergeant, said he trusted his friend but could not believe the government had supported Goudreau’s ill-conceived plans.
“He is a good man. He was the best man in my marriage. We have a lot of history together and it never seemed like he was lying like that, “he said.
“But once you started watching it, none of that really added up. He kept asking to meet people for funding. But generally, with a contract with the State Department, funding is increased.
“You could have private entities helping here and there. But it was pretty obvious that it was not a state sanctioned activity.
White, who lives in Colorado Springs, described the last time he saw Goudreau before embarking on his unlikely plan to defeat the Venezuelan army with a group of 300 malnourished, barely trained rebels. He is pictured posing with a WWII veteran in an Instagram image
Luke Denman (bottom) and Airan Berry (top) as shown during their arrest in Venezuela
Luke Denman (left) and Airan Berry (right): two “arrested American mercenaries playing Rambo” marched after a failed attempt to “kill” Maduro of Venezuela in a failed raid, the president said.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro took advantage of a press conference on Monday to show the equipment allegedly seized by the Venezuelan armed forces after capturing the “mercenaries”
Goudreau would have received the support of billionaire Thomas Roen Kraft, member of the famous cheese family.
The eccentric billionaire would have attracted potential donors to finance Goudreau’s rebel force with the promise of preferential access to negotiate deals in the energy and mining sectors if the coup was successful.
Kraft denies giving money to Goudreau.
Goudreau appears to have provided Trump with security at least during three of his election rallies. Photos and videos of rallies recorded on CSPAN and posted on Silvercorp’s Instagram account show the former Green Beret who apparently worked at rallies in Pennsylvania in March 2018, and in Houston, Texas and Charlotte, North Carolina in October of the same year.
It also appeared that Goudreau struck the idea of a coup after meeting with Trump’s longtime bodyguard, Keith Schiller.
Goudreau accompanied Schiller to a meeting in Miami with activist Lester Toledo, who worked as a coordinator for the delivery of humanitarian aid to the then Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó.
Goudreau appears to have provided Trump with security at least during three of his election rallies. Photos and videos of the rallies posted on Silvercorp’s Instagram account show the former Green Beret apparently working at a rally in North Carolina in October 2018
Goudreau accompanied Schiller to a meeting in Miami with activist Lester Toledo, who worked as a coordinator for the delivery of humanitarian aid to the then Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó. Pictured: Trump and Guaido, who swore as Venezuela’s leader posing in front of the White House in Washington on February 5
The White House says Schiller cut all contact with Goudreau after the meeting. Schiller then went to the White House as an assistant to the president.
A former NYPD cop, he was used by Trump to bring the letter dismissing James Comey to FBI headquarters in 2017, but left the Trump administration himself in September of the same year amid reports of clashes with the then chief of staff, John Kelly.
Schiller quickly set up a security company that was paid more than $ 225,000 by the Republican National Committee for work on the plans for the RNC convention to be held in Charlotte, North Carolina, in August.
Goudreau identified himself on Sunday as the leader of the alleged plot to overthrow Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, known as “Operation Gedeón”.
Maduro announced on Monday that two American citizens were among eight arrested after authorities were alerted by fishermen in Chuao, a village on the north coast of Aragua state.
He came after eight potential looters were killed and two others were arrested in the Caribbean port city of La Guaira as part of Goudreau’s amateur conspiracy.
Last week, Maduro’s forces also arrested rebels in the Venezuelan town of Puerto La Cruz. Photographs posted on social media of supplies seized by pro-Maduro soldiers show camouflage backpacks, masks and – oddly – an Airsoft gun.
Maduro’s ally and Attorney General Tarek William Saab said that in total the government had arrested 114 people suspected of having participated in the attempted attack and that they were looking for 92 others.
It also appeared that Goudreau struck the idea of a coup after meeting with Trump’s longtime bodyguard, Keith Schiller (photo)
President Maduro called the men arrested “terrorist mercenaries” and blamed attacks on the Trump administration, opposition leader Guaidó and neighboring Colombia, all of whom denied involvement.
A State Department spokesperson called the coup attempt “melodrama” in which the United States government had no role, and warned that the Maduro regime was carrying out “a major disinformation campaign.”
“As President Trump and [defense] secretary [Mark] Esper said the US government was not involved in the recent events in Venezuela, “said the spokesman.
“A major disinformation campaign is underway by the Maduro regime, which makes it difficult to separate facts from propaganda.
“We are trying to find out more, including the activities of two American citizens who are believed to be detained by the former regime, as well as Mr. Goudreau.
“We will also closely examine the role of the Maduro regime in this melodrama and in particular the very large Cuban intelligence apparatus in Venezuela. The record of the lies and manipulations of Maduro and his accomplices, as well as their very dubious representation of the details, argues that nothing should be taken at face value when we see a distortion of the facts.
“What is clear is that the old regime is using the event to justify an increased level of repression,” added the spokesman.
“We would like to note the calendar of these events. A massacre of prisoners took place last weekend at Los Llanos prison and the former regime is trying to avoid responsibility. 46 prisoners were killed and 74 injured.
“While an in-depth investigation has been demanded, we must all recognize that a real investigation will have to await the end of the Maduro regime and the return of democracy in Venezuela.”
CHIEF OF THE EX-CIA: A BLOCK HAS BEEN INFILATED BY SPIES BEFORE IT WAS BUST
A former CIA station chief warned that the failed coup in Venezuela, which resulted in the arrest of two American citizens, may have been infiltrated by the Venezuelan intelligence unit or the military.
Daniel Hoffman told Fox & Friends on Wednesday that the arrested men – veterans Luke Denman, 34 and Airan Berry, 41 – could be used as leverage against Venezuela by the United States, warning that the attack was foiled could “make it much more difficult for us”.
Denman and Berry were arrested on Monday with six Venezuelans following the launch of a random coup organized by ex-green beret Jordan Goudreau. He intervened after eight people were killed and two others arrested on Sunday also linked to the failed plot.
Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro said the attack was an assassination attempt, blaming the Trump administration, Venezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaidó and neighboring Colombia, all of whom denied involvement.
Venezuelan authorities also said that one of those arrested on Sunday was a drug trafficker linked to the United States Drug Enforcement Administration. The DEA denied any involvement in the weekend events.
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Speaking on Fox, Hoffman said the coup was not as big as Maduro claimed, but the people involved displayed “horrible bad judgment” because of “the impact much more important “than he would now have on US relations with Venezuela.
He warned that group training for the coup in Colombia may have been infiltrated and that it would be “something the United States should consider.”
“This is not the coup that Nicolas Maduro claims to be, about 60 Venezuelans and a few retired US special forces,” said Hoffman, adding that there were three main ways to affect relations now.
Hoffman said reported links between Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó and the attack would cause Maduro to reiterate his claim that Guaidó is a “puppet of the United States”, which he says is not true .
The United States recognized Guaidó as the legitimate leader of Venezuela and led the cause to oust Maduro.
‘He [Maduro] will also try to use it as a scapegoat for Venezuela’s failing economy, look at the drop in oil prices that has had a significant impact on the world but also on Venezuela, “added Hoffman.
Former CIA station chief Brian Hoffman warned that Venice’s allies in Russia, Cuba, Iran and China would advise Preisdent Maduro using arrested Americans as leverage
The former chief of the CIA station warned of how arrested American citizens could now be used as leverage by the Venezuelan government.
“We have broken off diplomatic relations with Venezuela and that will make our job more difficult,” he said.
“We have no embassy in Caracas and we have five Citgo employees who are also illegally detained.
“Maduro is known, among other things, not only for narco-terrorism but also for the violation of human rights and extrajudicial executions. This is going to be a difficult situation for us diplomatically.