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[A Venezuelan attorney and author of “The Chavez Code” documents the involvement of the U.S. intelligence community in attempts to undermine and overthrow a democratically-elected government which has resisted American imperialism and neoliberalism since coming to power in 1998.—CB]



Reported by, Eva Golinger*


© Copyright 2006, From The Wilderness Publications,  All Rights Reserved. This story may NOT be posted on any Internet web site without express written permission. Contact May be circulated, distributed or transmitted for non-profit purposes only.

August 21st 2006, 2:05[PST] - On April 12, 2002, White House spokesperson Ari Fleischer stated:

“Let me share with you the administration's thoughts about what's taking place in Venezuela. It remains a somewhat fluid situation. But yesterday's events in Venezuela resulted in a change in the government and the assumption of a transitional authority until new elections can be held.

The details still are unclear. We know that the action encouraged by the Chavez government provoked this crisis. According to the best information available, the Chavez government suppressed peaceful demonstrations. Government supporters, on orders from the Chavez government, fired on unarmed, peaceful protestors, resulting in 10 killed and 100 wounded. The Venezuelan military and the police refused to fire on the peaceful demonstrators and refused to support the government's role in such human rights violations. The government also tried to prevent independent news media from reporting on these events. The results of these events are now that President Chavez has resigned the presidency. Before resigning, he dismissed the vice president and the cabinet, and a transitional civilian government has been installed. This government has promised early elections.

The United States will continue to monitor events. That is what took place, and the Venezuelan people expressed their right to peaceful protest. It was a very large protest that turned out. And the protest was met with violence.”

On that same day, U.S. Department of State spokesperson Philip T. Reeker, claimed: “In recent days, we expressed our hopes that all parties in Venezuela, but especially the Chavez administration, would act with restraint and show full respect for the peaceful expression of political opinion. We are saddened at the loss of life. We wish to express our solidarity with the Venezuelan people and look forward to working with all democratic forces in Venezuela to ensure the full exercise of democratic rights. The Venezuelan military commendably refused to fire on peaceful demonstrators, and the media valiantly kept the Venezuelan public informed."

Yesterday's events in Venezuela resulted in a transitional government until new elections can be held. Though details are still unclear, undemocratic actions committed or encouraged by the Chavez administration provoked yesterday's crisis in Venezuela. According to the best information available, at this time: Yesterday, hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans gathered peacefully to seek redress of their grievances. The Chavez Government attempted to suppress peaceful demonstrations. Chavez supporters, on orders, fired on unarmed, peaceful protestors, resulting in more than 100 wounded or killed. Venezuelan military and police refused orders to fire on peaceful demonstrators and refused to support the government's role in such human rights violations. The government prevented five independent television stations from reporting on events. The results of these provocations are: Chavez resigned the presidency. Before resigning, he dismissed the Vice President and the Cabinet. A transition civilian government has promised early elections."

Freedom of information Act (FOIA): On March 12, 1997, the Committee on Government Reform and Oversight approved and adopted a report entitled A Citizen's Guide on Using the Freedom of information Act and the Privacy Act of 1974 to Request Government Records. The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) establishes the presumption that all persons have access to documents in the possession of the distinct agencies and departments of the U.S. Government by following FOIA regulations to request such documents and information. Supposedly, documents in the possession of other entities associated with the Federal Government are also subject to FOIA, including private entities that receive government funding. Nevertheless, FOIA also includes a series of exemptions that enable any agency or entity to deny the release or declassification of information in the name of national security, to protect the privacy of individuals or trade secrets, the functioning of the government or other important interests.

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a body of US law passed after the end of the Nixon administration to enable journalists and others to access and declassify secret US government documents.





(Additional documents from the Drug Enforcement Agency [DEA] and the FBI will soon be posted at From The Wilderness is providing a permanent link to this site.)

*ABOUT EVA GOLINGER: Eva Golinger, author of The Chavez Code, is a Venezuelan-American attorney specializing in international human rights and immigration law. Having grown up in the United States, Golinger moved to Venezuela in the mid-1990s to discover her Venezuelan roots. She lived nearly five years in the Andean city of Mérida, Venezuela, writing, teaching and singing in a band. Golinger studied piano from the age of six and entered into the music department at Sarah Lawrence College in early 1991, majoring in vocal music. But during her university years, she switched her focus to political science and law and became particularly interested in the history of U.S. interventions in Latin America. She earned her Juris Doctorate from the City University of New York Law School.

Since Chávez won the presidency in 1998, Golinger has been writing about the social and political changes in Venezuela. Her articles are widely published on the Internet and in Venezuelan newspapers.  In 2003 she began investigating U.S. involvement in the April, 2002 coup against President Chávez and has uncovered more than US$30 million in financing to anti-Chávez groups from the U.S. government. In October, 2004, she obtained top-secret documents from the CIA, unclassified under the Freedom of Information Act, demonstrating prior knowledge and complicity in the coup. Ms. Golinger's work has been covered by The New York Times, The Washington Post, Newsday, Chicago Tribune, International Herald Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times and other major media around the world. She currently resides in Caracas, Venezuela and writes for several national newspapers and hosts a bi-weekly radio program on national Venezuelan radio. She also frequently appears on one of Venezuela's most popular political television programs,"La Hojilla". The Chavez Code is her first book.


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