It is also alleged that the
Both sides in
Wayne Madsen, a former intelligence officer with the
“I first heard of Lieutenant Colonel James Rogers [the assistant military attache now based at the
He said that the navy was in the area for operations unconnected to the coup, but that he understood they had assisted with signals intelligence as the coup was played out.
Mr Madsen also said that the navy helped with communications jamming support to the Venezuelan military, focusing on communications to and from the diplomatic missions in
Navy vessels on a training exercise in the area were supposedly put on stand-by in case evacuation of US citizens in
Roger Rondon claimed that the military officers, whom he named as (James) Rogers and (Ronald) MacCammon, had been at the Fuerte Tiuna military headquarters with the coup leaders during the night of April 11-12.
And referring to Mr Shapiro, Mr Rondon said: “We saw him leaving Miraflores palace, all smiles and embraces, with the dictator Pedro Carmona Estanga [who was installed by the military for a day] … [His] satisfaction was obvious. Shapiro’s participation in the coup d’Ã©tat in
Mr Carmona told the Guardian that no such advice was given, although he agreed that a meeting took place.
Mr Rondon has also claimed that two foreign gunmen, one American and the other Salvadorean, were detained by security police during the anti-Chavez protest on April 11 in which around 19 people were killed, many by unidentified snipers firing from rooftops.
“They haven’t appeared anywhere. We presume these two gentlemen were given some kind of safe-conduct and could have left the country,” he said.
The members of the military who coordinated the coup have claimed that they did so because they feared that Mr Chavez was intending to attack the civilian protesters who opposed him.
Mr Chavez’s opponents claim pro-Chavez gunmen shot protesters while his supporters say the shots were fired by agents provocateurs .
In the past year, the
The state department’s human rights bureau is now examining whether one or more recipients of the money may have actively plotted against Mr Chavez.