An alleged US spy was arrested in the Venezuelan state of Falcón (north), near the Amuay and Cardón refineries, the president of the Caribbean country reported this Friday, Nicolas Maduro.
“I wanted to inform (…) that we captured an American spy yesterday in Falcón state, spying on the Amuay and Cardón refineries in Falcón state. There is all the evidence, the photographs, the videos, this spy He is a Marine who has been serving as a Marine at CIA bases in Iraq. “Maduro said in an act of his party broadcast on state television.
The detainee, according to the data provided by the president, carried “heavy weaponry” and “specialized” had a “large amount of dollars in cash, and with other items” that have passed “directly” to the Public Ministry.
In addition, as he explained, two days ago the Vice President and Minister of Petroleum, Tareck El Aissami, “together with a group of experts, engineers, scientists and technologists,” discovered “a plan to cause an explosion at the El Palito refinery.” one of the largest in the country.
All this supposes, in the opinion of the Venezuelan ruler, “a war of vengeance by the gringo empire against Venezuela” whose objective is that the Caribbean country does not produce petroleum derivatives.
“This spy has been captured, this plan was detected, this plan dismantled and we are 100% activated to guarantee the physical security of our strategic facilities, our oil facilities,” he said.
Finally, he announced that “In the next few hours” more details of the case will be known.
Venezuela has been going through a severe gasoline shortage for days that has multiplied the lines to refuel throughout the country, the one with the most proven oil reserves in the world.
This is the second major fuel shortage in 2020. The first was experienced between March and April and ended when Venezuela bought a quantity of gasoline from Iran that was never made public.
Despite the fact that Venezuela has not published for years how many barrels of oil it produces per day, various sources have estimated it between 330,000 and 400,000.
The number is far from the more than 3 million barrels that Venezuela produced per day in the past decade.