Nicolás Maduro has accused James ‘Jimmy’ Story, Charge d’Affaires for the US External Office. for Venezuela, located in Bogotá (Colombia), of directing “bloody plans” and having maintained contacts with Venezuelan opponents Juan Guaidó and Leopoldo López to organize the taking of military units in the state of Sucre this Sunday.
“James Story, you are directing these bloody plans, sooner rather than later, justice will come. See how far the officials go. We defeated the conspiracy, they planned to attack barracks and kill soldiers of the country,” Maduro said in the Legislative Palace in Caracas.
According to Maduro Government version, Guaidó followers planned take headquarters Mariscal Sucre and a zonal command of the Bolivarian National Guard, both in Sucre state , “to generate a bloodbath”, “create a climate of destabilization and presenting a false image of Venezuela to the world, “something that failed to materialize because subversive plan was dismantled
Venezuela believes that the opposition received weapons and funding for the prepared attack from the Colombian government.
Relations between Caracas and Bogota worsened amid the intensified political crisis in Venezuela. In January, opposition lawmaker Juan Guaido illegally proclaimed himself “interim president” and called on citizens to help him take power in the country.
Guaido immediately received support from the United States and some Latin American countries, including Colombia, while Maduro accused him of trying to stage a coup in Venezuela with the help of Washington.
While Guaido was endorsed as “president” by the US and Colombia, a number of countries, including Russia and China, have said they only recognise Maduro as the legitimate president of Venezuela.
James “Jimmy” Story is the Chargé d’ Affaires, for the Venezuela Affairs Unit, located at the United States Embassy in Bogota, Colombia.
Previously, Story served as Consul General in Rio de Janeiro. Other recent position include Director of the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) Office for the Western Hemisphere, Director of INL Office in Bogota, Colombia, and Senior Civilian Representative in Southeastern Afghanistan.