US journalist reported freed in Venezuela

Mar 09, 2019, 00:43
US journalist reported freed in Venezuela

Earlier Wednesday, military counterintelligence forces raided the Caracas home of USA journalist Cody Weddle and took the Virginia native into custody.

Weddle has reported from Venezuela for more than four years, most recently working as a freelance journalist for WPLG-TV, the ABC affiliate in Miami, Florida.

Local 10 reported on Twitter that Weddle was questioned about a February 25 segment he had produced for them. Camacho was released sometime in the early afternoon - hours before the 29-year-old reporter.

Tensions escalated when Guaido, who heads Venezuela's National Assembly, declared himself acting president on January 23, a move which was supported by the USA and many European and Latin American countries.

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Officers raided the homes of Cody Weddle and Carlos Camacho, arresting them and seizing their equipment, said Marco Ruiz, the general secretary of the National Union of Press Workers.

The family of the American journalist reportedly detained by Venezuelan authorities said he was released and awaiting a flight home.

"The United States is putting foreign financial institutions on notice that they will face sanctions for being involved in facilitating illegitimate transactions that benefit Nicolas Maduro and his corrupt network", Bolton said in a statement.

According to the television station, all efforts by management to reach Weddle have been unsuccessful.

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British police said a suspicious package destroyed by bomb-disposal experts at the University of Glasgow on Wednesday contained an explosive device and was linked to three letter bombs sent to two London airports and a railway station. "The worldwide community must prevent Venezuelan money from being misused to kill opponents of the regime and indigenous peoples", Guaido said in an interview with the German news weekly Der Spiegel.

"Maduro holds the presidency illegally".

The Maduro regime in Venezuela released an American journalist and his local colleague on March 6, after they spent more than 12 hours in custody in a move that drew further worldwide condemnation of the socialist dictatorship.

Florida Sen. Rick Scott also attacked Maduro on social media for Weddle's detention.

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The U.S. State Department says it is aware of a missing journalist and warns President Nicolas Maduro's government that the world is watching. "Instead, Maduro [allowed] Juan Guaido back into the country - but many saying today that's revealing his regime's relative weakness and isolation". "Cody has been dedicated and committed to telling the story in Venezuela to our viewers", Medina said.