Miami Reporter Missing In Politically Collapsed Venezuela

Miami Reporter Missing In Politically Collapsed Venezuela

Miami Reporter Missing In Politically Collapsed Venezuela

Also on Wednesday, the Venezuelan government ordered the German ambassador to leave the country after he expressed support for Guaido, escalating a diplomatic standoff with a group of about 50 nations that recognize the opposition leader as the country's interim president.

He told reporters in Berlin on that "there was information that he (Guaido) was meant to be arrested there, and I think the presence of various ambassadors contributed to helping prevent this arrest".

Maduro, meanwhile, pressed his supporters to hold "anti-imperialist" marches Saturday to counter fresh protests planned by Guaido. In early evening, Miami television station Local 10 reported that Weddle had been released and was at Simon Bolivar International Airport outside Caracas waiting to catch a flight back to the U.S.

"Given the current state of relations between the U.S. and Venezuela, having military intelligence arrest a USA citizen, freelance reporter Cody Weddle, seems like unnecessary provocation", he tweeted. He had greeted Guaido at Caracas airport on his return to the country on Monday.

After Venezuela's expulsion order, the German Foreign Ministry said in an emailed statement that it was coordinating how to proceed, "including with our partners on the ground".

"They're threatening an important European country that is providing humanitarian help to Venezuela", he said.

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Weddle's arrest, which came a week after Venezuela deported a team from USA television network Univision, was condemned by Guaido, Organization of American States Secretary-General Luis Almagro and several us lawmakers from both major parties. Last week Univision anchor Jorge Ramos and his crew were held while interviewing the country's embattled president, Nicolás Maduro.

Kimberly Breier, the top US diplomat for the Western Hemisphere, said on Twitter that the State Department was "aware of and deeply concerned with reports that another USA journalist has been detained in Venezuela", without naming Weddle.

Weddle's assistant Carlos Camacho, a Venezuelan citizen, was also detained by officials after raiding his apartment.

"They do this for one reason alone, to intimidate journalists from reporting on Juan Guaido and on conditions in Venezuela", Rubio said. "He could have Juan Guaido arrested as soon as he arrived...but that would probably inch us closer here to some type of military confrontation". Guaido had just returned from a 10-day tour of South American allies, defying a government-issued ban on him leaving the country.

The United States slapped sanctions on Venezuela's vital oil industry in January to try to cut off government revenue and force Maduro out, and pledged further action on Wednesday.

The United States yesterday demanded the immediate release of an American journalist, Cody Weddle, who was reportedly arrested by Venezuelan military intelligence in an early morning raid on his Caracas home.

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