The former Green Beret behind a failed mercenary coup in Venezuela called Operation Guideon, a plot to overthrow President Nicolás Maduro has revealed his version of events, how a series of missteps led to the criminal mission being discovered prematurely with several participants killed or captured.
Goudreau’s interest in Venezuela began in February 2019, after working in security at a festival sponsored by Richard Branson in Colombia (the theft of the “humanitarian aid” concert) that was raising money for refugees in the region … “ Someone called me and said, ‘Hey, I need a counterterrorist, there will be problems,’ “says Goudreau ….
Goudreau’s home life during his Army career led to legal problems and debt that persist to this day. He had married a University of North Carolina student and a part-time bodybuilder she helped recruit for the FBI on campus, and in 2007 they lived in Phoenix and started a property management business together. But for 2013, the Defense Department launched an investigation into him for allegedly defrauding the Army of at least $ 62,000, court documents show, by overcharging for rental stipends. Goudreau says his then-wife, who he is now divorced from, lived in Brooklyn, but the Army claimed she lived in Arizona. Goudreau says his documentation to clarify the situation was rejected. Bloomberg reported that Army investigators discovered that there was probable cause that Goudreau had committed fraud and falsified documents. (Requests for documentation from his attorney went unanswered, and his ex-wife, who was not involved in the investigation, did not return multiple calls and messages seeking comment.)
In the interview they talk about J.J. Rendon labels him an eccentric and astute anti-socialist political strategist whose fingerprints are in many of the Latin American elections of the last decade. Rendón, a professed Buddhist who is generally seen dressed in all black, says he considered at least 20 different plans, including propaganda and legal options, as part of a broader push for Guaidó to win power. “There were soft scenarios like speaking, influencing,” he says. “Some of the things that we were implementing at that time were already happening,” such as the international community denouncing President Maduro as a criminal …
Goudreau claims he found out from Donald Trump’s former personal bodyguard, Keith Schiller. (Four attorneys who have represented Schiller did not respond to requests for comment on his behalf, and the White House did not return an email requesting comment.) “It was introduced to me by someone else who had worked with me and I saw what he was capable of,” says Goudreau. From there, the 133-page lawsuit that Goudreau filed against Rendon in November explains his version of how he got involved: In May 2019, Schiller’s consulting firm sought to hire Goudreau to help deliver the coup against Maduro and made statements that this plan had the endorsement of the Trump administration. Goudreau then went to Bogotá, Colombia, to meet with deserters from the Venezuelan army, including former General Cliver Alcalá, a military officer now in United States custody for drug trafficking. Goudreau says he made more headway with the Trump administration by meeting with Drew Horn, a Pence aide at the time, and Travis Lucas, whose lobbying firm has worked on behalf of the Trump administration. He also met with several financiers, including Roen Kraft, heir to the cheese fortune, and claims in the lawsuit that Kraft had briefly discussed the coup plan with Pence at an event. Although attempts to contact Kraft through his family’s company were unsuccessful, he told the AP that he had discussed funding for “humanitarian aid,” but after Goudreau claimed it would be a military operation, Kraft refused to finance it. By fall, he was out.
According to the lawsuit, Rendon contacted Goudreau in August 2019. After allegedly considering a competitive proposal from Erik Prince’s Frontier Services Group that would have cost $ 500 million, the lawsuit alleges, Guaidó decided to follow a plan devised by Goudreau that it would have cost $ 1.5. million up front, with more than $ 200 million paid through oil sales after Guaidó took office. (A lawyer for Prince provided a statement to Rolling Stone in response to Goudreau’s lawsuit: “Erik Prince never made such a proposal to the Guaidó government, but he strongly believes that any action taken in Venezuela must be swift and decisive. to avoid a civil war. “)
In a month, the whole plan fell apart. The number of willing rebels was reduced from 300 to 60 in a storm of accusations that one person or another was a spy. The talks between Goudreau and Rendon also broke down. An October 16 contract, allegedly signed on behalf of Guaidó and included as evidence in Goudreau’s lawsuit, specified that Goudreau would help “plan and execute an operation to capture / detain / remove Nicolás Maduro.” . . and install the renowned Venezuelan president, Juan Guaidó ”. (Guaidó has denied any participation).
Rendon tells Rolling Stone he couldn’t trust Goudreau after he said he would go ahead with the operation with funds from investors who had ties to Maduro, which could undermine the entire plan. “[Rendon] signed that contract with no intention of paying anything, because he knew that at the end of the day he was going to do it, because that’s who I am,” says Goudreau. (Rendon tells Rolling Stone that Goudreau’s claim is “bogus” and says that a later settlement nullifies the contract that Goudreau uses as the basis for his claim.)
In October 2019, Rendón paid Goudreau $ 50,000 from his personal bank account, muddying the waters over Guaido’s camp intentions. According to the lawsuit, that was supposed to be the first payment of the hit fee. While Rendon had previously told the media that the payment was only intended to reimburse expenses and quietly end the relationship, he did not understand why he would pay Goudreau at all, and I pressed Rendon on that point. Why not let the loss eat away? Rendon admitted that the payment was not intended to cut ties entirely. “To maintain civilization, in my mind, I was leaving the door open to speak in the future,” he says. “Letting the guy go with his expenses covered and no hard feelings.”
In January 2020, Goudreau and the other two Americans met at a small Miami-area airport before boarding a private plane bound for Barranquilla, Colombia. Apparently Goudreau had found another backup. Driven by what he now says was a call to overthrow a tyrant (hahahaha), he went ahead with the plan.
When Goudreau, Denman, and Berry boarded the plane to Colombia, they were escorted by Yacsy Alexandra Mirabal. As Goudreau tells it, she was a patriot, willing to give up everything to see her country’s liberation…, and, she claims, a financial sponsor who invested about $ 100,000 of her own money in the cause. However, Goudreau was unaware at the time that the plane was owned by Franklin Duran, a wealthy businessman with family ties to a Venezuelan-owned oil company, who was convicted in 2008 of operating as an illegal agent of the Venezuelan government. In fact, Mirabal had worked with Duran. In September, the Colombian authorities, in association with the FBI, arrested her for being a Venezuelan agent trying to destabilize Colombia. Thing is totally false that as you see Colombia is the center of operations of the coup plotters against the government of Venezuela.
Jordan Goudreau, 43, a former US Army paratrooper and director of a private security company, Silvercorp USA, has been identified as the ringleader of the failed mission, known as Operation Gideon.
Goudreau hatched the plot with a former general of the rebel Venezuelan army, Cliver Alcalá, to secretly train dozens of Venezuelan military deserters in secret camps in Colombia to carry out a ‘swift operation’ against President Nicolas Maduro.
The failed military incursion, which aimed to capture Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, resulted in the arrest in Venezuela of two of his former special forces companions: Airan Berry, 41, and Luke Denman, 34.
The attack was thwarted when the group tried to enter Venezuela in fishing boats. The locals alerted the authorities and were subsequently arrested.
Through the memory of Goudreau, it seems that the plot was doomed from the beginning, apart from the fact that on the day itself, the weather was not cooperating and the launch had to be delayed .. (lie look at The sunshine)
A boat carrying 11 men had already started its journey, but Goudreau, who was coordinating the operation, was trapped in Florida … after a boat he intended to use to take it to Venezuela was damaged … (hahahahaha) and the coronavirus travel restrictions left him trapped (hahahaha and in May according to Trump, COVID-19 was a Chinese flu hahahaha).
He left him giving orders to the rest of his team through a satellite phone.
The plan was risky and would see the ships sail for about 16 hours before disembarking north of the Venezuelan capital, Caracas.
The plan was to infiltrate the country through the coastal city of Macuto with around 100 traitorous Venezuelan defectors and incite a popular rebellion against the government, tactics similar to those employed in Cuba’s doomed Bay of Pigs plot in 1961 (And it was the same but in failure hahahaha).
The idea was for one group to take over a television station while another took over an airport. A third group would capture President Maduro and put him on a plane bound for the United States, where a $ 15 million reward would await him.
In the United States, he would face justice for accusations of systematic human rights violations, including murder and torture that constitute crimes against humanity (all this according to the mercenary hahaha).
The mercenaries were arrested in a coastal town on the north coast of Venezuela. At the time, the government announced that the individuals were part of a frustrated plan to carry out a coup against President Maduro.
Goudreau claims to have spoken with Mike Pence about Operation Gideon, stating that he was’ very interested in the project and that as soon as it was successful, “all doors would open.” A Pence spokesperson called the claims ‘complete and total manufacturing’
The plot was even being discussed on Venezuelan television and appeared in an Associated Press article in which Goudreau was quoted as blaming the Associated Press for the deaths of the traitors.
Goudreau, who spent 15 years in the Army, earned three bronze stars and rose to the rank of Sergeant First Class, has insisted that the goal of Operation Gideon was to “liberate the Venezuelan people” (hahahaha) with the personal knowledge of the President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.
The Trump administration disputes such claims and claims it had no knowledge of the mission.
Luke Denman, said that ‘jackpot’ was the code name of President Nicólas Maduro
Goudreau, who has since been under federal investigation for arms smuggling, remains unconvinced that President Maduro was secretly guiding the operation.
A failed coup by the Americans would have been a victory for Maduro, in terms of image, but there were many warning signs that all was not well and that the plans had been leaked, possibly by a Venezuelan from the team who was spying.
On May 21, Goudreau says, the FBI raided his Florida home, characterizing the action as an attempt on his life. “I took off my shirt so they had no reason to kill me. But they knew my background. They knew he had a gun, “he says. And while the FBI recently began returning nearly $ 57,000 that they had seized during the raid, Goudreau’s attorney told him that it is still under investigation.
“If the Justice Department wants to go after me, they can charge me for reckless walking and then put me in prison for 20 fucking years.” And in his mind to give a coup by murdering thousands of people is his way of fixing things and Goudreau names nothing more and nothing less with Snowden and Julian Assange! who want to fix things but peacefully.
“It’s rare in this world to have guys like Julian Assange, and it’s rare that guys like Edward Snowden actually look at something that’s screwed up and say, ‘You know what, it’s screwed, I’m going to try to fix it. Do you know why it is weird? It’s because these governments come together and just destroy you. ”
To this day, Goudreau still believes he had a good chance of success. He blames a group of provocateurs, from double agents to former Silvercorp employees and the DEA and FBI, for hindering his plans. If he had the chance to do it again, he says he would find a smaller circle of people he could trust.
“If we had been successful, do you really think that the Guaidó administration would have said: ‘It’s not us, we don’t want to have anything to do with this’? Do you think Donald Trump would have said, “It wasn’t us”? Every motherfucker I spoke to would have said, ‘It was us! U.S.A., baby!’ They would have taken credit for it all. And if you say it’s not true, you’re pretty naive.
When they come, let them know they’re coming, let them assume they’re coming, let them not forget (…) Let them not be distracted by the torrid landscape (…) When they come, the colors of the jungle will fly in self-defense (. ..) Remember where you came from, because it will be the last thing them remember.