Washington keeps on changing its story about its role in the coup in Venezuela. First, senior administration officials acknowledged they met several times with coup leaders, were briefed of the situation in advance, didn’t discourage people, and sent signals that Washington doesn’t like Chavez.
The next day, it emerged that Otto Reich, a senior State Department official, phoned Venezuelan coup leader Pedro Carmona the very day he took over as interim president.
Then, the New York Times reported that the US channeled hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants to American and Venezuelan groups opposed to President Hugo Chavez in the last year.
Most recently, the London Guardian is reporting the US navy aided the failed coup in Venezuela with intelligence from its vessels in the Caribbean.
- Duncan Campbell, reporter, London Guardian. He has just written a piece on how the American Navy "helped the Venezuelan coup."