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General Manuel Ricardo Cristopher Figuera, head of the feared Venezuelan secret police agency known as the Bolivarian Intelligence Service (SEBIN), on Tuesday night published an open letter in which he somewhat gingerly withdrew his support for dictator Nicolás Maduro.
Figuera is currently the highest-ranking official in the regime to turn against Maduro, although he came up short of explicitly defecting to the side of interim president Juan Guaidó.
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Figuera’s letter professed personal loyalty to Maduro and criticized the general atmosphere of corruption in the Venezuelan government, damning Maduro primarily by implying he is not up to the task of restoring honest government or guiding the Venezuelan economy back to prosperity. His sharpest barb at Maduro was deeming it “irresponsible” to blame Venezuela’s decline “only on the American empire,” which is a staple of the socialist dictator’s rhetoric.
Figuera rejected charges of treason and insisted he has a “high sense of loyalty” to Venezuela and its institutions, which he said have been “looted” by “scoundrels.” He...
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