Tag: Diosdado Cabello


Venezuela: Socialist #2 Cabello Denies Violent Looting After Hundreds Arrested

Venezuelan Socialist Party Vice President Diosdado Cabello – the second most powerful socialist in the country – has flatly denied news reports of rampant looting and violence in Bolívar state, where police arrested hundreds for attacking markets, restaurants, convenience stores, and private residences.

Opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, dressed in white and holding up a flower stem, is taken into custody by Bolivarian National Guards, in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, Feb 18, 2014. Lopez re-emerged from days of hiding to address an anti-government demonstration and then he turned himself in to authorities Tuesday. Speaking to …

Venezuela: Opposition Leader Leopoldo López Observes 1,000 Days in Prison

“Leopoldo López will remain in prison because he is a murderer,” Diosdado Cabello, the second most powerful socialist in Venezuela, said amid laughs on his television show on Saturday, referring to an opposition leader who counted his 1,000th day in prison on Sunday.

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro, left, shares a laugh with National Assembly President Diosdado Cabello upon his arrival to the National Assembly for a special session commemorating the country's Independence Day, in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday July 5, 2015. Venezuela is marking 204 years of independence. (AP Photos/Ariana Cubillos)

Venezuelan Socialist Leader Sues Wall Street Journal over Drug Lord Allegations

Venezuelan National Assembly Minority Leader Diosdado Cabello, the socialist party’s second-in-command and a longtime force within the national left, has filed a lawsuit against the Wall Street Journal for publishing reports revealing Cabello’s role as a major intercontinental drug trafficker.


Colombian Drug Lord: Venezuela’s Former #2 Sold Cocaine to Islamic State

A former Colombian drug lord who has been freed after serving an 18-year sentence in the U.S. prison system has accused Diosdado Cabello, a senior official in Venezuela’s socialist government, of leading a drug cartel that has sold cocaine to the Islamic State and al-Qaeda.


Venezuela’s #2 Warns Anti-Socialist Voters: ‘Now Comes the Punishment’

The Venezuelan socialist party, which has ruled the nation for 16 years, is still reeling from its decisive loss in the December 6 legislative elections, with the nation’s highest-ranking politicians threatening voters who oppose socialism that poverty and sickness are now on the horizon.

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro speaks during a meeting with government workers in Caracas November 20, 2015. Venezuela's foreign income fell 64 percent this year due to the global fall in oil prices, President Nicolas Maduro said on Thursday. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

Defeated Venezuelan Socialists Plan ‘Crusade to Strengthen the Revolution’

Reeling from a decisive loss in Sunday’s legislative elections, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has planned a “crusade to strengthen the Revolution,” lasting “however many hours it takes” on Tuesday, comprising the heads of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV).

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Venezuelan President’s Sons: Our Cocaine Belongs to Nation’s Second-in-Command

An extensive report in Miami’s El Nuevo Herald claims that the nephews of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, arrested for attempting to traffic 800 kilograms of cocaine into New York, have claimed the drugs belonged to the nation’s second-in-command, National Assembly President Diosdado Cabello.


Venezuela’s #2: U.S. Cocaine Arrest of President’s Nephews ‘Kidnapping’

Diosdado Cabello, the head of Venezuela’s National Assembly and nation’s second-in-command, has accused the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) of “kidnapping” two nephews of President Nicolás Maduro following their arrest this month for allegedly attempting to traffic 800 kilograms of cocaine into the United States.

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U.S. Arrests Venezuelan President’s Nephews for Drug Trafficking

Two nephews of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro have been arrested and extradited to New York on charges of attempting to smuggle 800 kilograms of cocaine into the United States. These arrests follow more than a year of investigations and accusations that Venezuelan government officials are deeply involved in the drug trade.

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Venezuela’s Maduro Accuses U.S. of Conspiracy as the ‘Most Difficult’ Election Looms

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro warned viewers on Sunday that he expects December’s legislative elections to be the “most difficult yet” for the socialist Chavistas. Maduro, who barely scraped a victory against opposition leader Henrique Capriles Radonski in 2013, also accused the United States of “conspiracy” against him.

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After Cuba Victory Lap, Obama Cozies Up to Venezuela

Following news of reconciliation with the Cuban communist regime, Reuters is reporting that the Obama administration has been engaging in secret diplomacy with the dictatorship currently governing Venezuela, hoping to reestablish ties with socialist President Nicolás Maduro and negotiate the freedom of political prisoner Leopoldo López.

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Venezuela’s #2 Threatens US Media with Lawsuit for Outing Him as Cocaine Kingpin

The president of Venezuela’s National Assembly–the Venezuelan government’s second-in-command–has announced he will seek to take legal action in the United States and Spain against media outlets that have published reports alleging that he is being investigated for running a cocaine trafficking organization.

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Former Diplomat: Venezuela President Nicolás Maduro Funded Campaign with Drug Money

Former Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs under George W. Bush, Roger Noriega, asserted in multiple interviews this week that the United States has ample evidence that high-ranking government Venezuelan officials are involved in cocaine trafficking, and that Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has used drug money to run his campaign.


President Maduro: Obama Planned to Bomb Caracas with Fake Venezuelan Aircraft

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro responded to the announcement of expanded sanctions on his regime on behalf of the Obama administration yesterday in an extensive public broadcast in which he repeatedly called President Obama “nefarious” and claimed the United States had organized a false-flag style operation to make it appear that Maduro had bombed his own government buildings.


Venezuelan Defector Says National Leader Runs Drug Cartel

A Venezuelan defector says his former boss, the head of Venezuela’s National Assembly, runs a secret drug cartel. Leamsy Salazar was a bodyguard and former head of security for Diosdado Cabello, the 2nd most powerful man in Venezeula’s socialist party.