Venezuela Probes Military Officers for Allegedly Spying for US
27 January 2006
The Venezuelan government says it is investigating allegations that some members of the navy passed state secrets to the U.S. Defense Department.
Venezuelan Vice President Jose Vicente Rangel says some low-level officials were caught passing information to the Pentagon. He said some suspects have been detained and that others have left the country. The suspects include active and retired members of Venezuela's navy.
Venezuelan authorities also allege U.S. Embassy involvement in the affair. The attorney for one suspect told reporters a U.S. naval attache has been mentioned as a possible link between the Venezuelan officers and United States.
U.S. officials say they have not been contacted by the Venezuelan government about the matter. The U.S. ambassador in Caracas, William Brownfield, told local media that when the Venezuelan government presents the U.S. with notification, officials will respond.
Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.
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