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Freddy Superlano, who the Post calls the “architect” of Guaido’s “Operation Freedom,” blamed turncoat Maduro loyalists for the coup’s failure, claiming a cell of top Maduro officials – including defense minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez – had secretly hatched a plot with Guaido mentor Leopoldo Lopez to “give Maduro up” in exchange for holding on to their positions in the new regime. “We moved forward out of trust that the top ranks [of the government] would make announcements against Maduro,” Superlano complained, though he claims negotiations with the officials “are still happening” despite their unequivocal condemnation of the coup, and that Maduro’s government will collapse any minute now.
Guaido’s supporters might be next on the blame list. Protesters are reportedly weary of being used as “cannon fodder” and have gone public with their discontent as the opposition leader called for still more street protests on Sunday. Efforts to flood the streets with supporters in order to hand-deliver another call to arms to military barracks also fizzled as “hundreds rather than the anticipated thousands” turned out to do Guaido’s bidding.
Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza has pinned responsibility for the failed coup on the CIA as well as his country’s opposition, claiming the US agency had a “joint plan” with Guaido’s Venezuelan backers, while Maduro placed the blame squarely on Guaido and his inner circle’s heads, in a speech the day after the failed coup, telling the crowd that “the Venezuelan coup leaders not only deceived themselves, but also deceived US imperialists, saying that I was going to leave the country.” Maduro affirmed the “total loyalty” of all senior military officers and called on them to be ready to defend Venezuela against an invasion by the US, which was operating “a conspiracy with a lot of money in order to destroy and divide our armed forces from the inside, with the help of a group of traitors.”
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“Every country that is interfering with the Venezuelan people’s right to restore their own democracy needs to leave,” Pompeo said.
(Source: Russia Today)