Venezuelan government says it stopped invasion launched from Colombia
The government’s statements prompted a flurry of accusations and counteraccusations over the nature and legitimacy of the alleged plot. The main faction of the Venezuelan opposition, led by Juan Guaidó — who is recognized by the United States and more than 50 other countries as the nation’s rightful leader — denied any links to the predawn events, and questioned the veracity of the government’s account.
Yet three anti-Maduro figures familiar with Sunday’s incursion — including opposition lawmaker Hernán Alemán — linked it to a separate effort to oust the 57-year old socialist autocrat being organized by Venezuelan military defectors in Colombia that some believe might have been infiltrated by government agents.
As part of that operation, Cliver Alcalá — a former Venezuelan Army general who was brought to the United States from Colombia in March to face narcotrafficking charges — alledgedly sought to train more than 100 soldiers, mostly Venezuelan defectors, in three camps in Colombia for an incursion into Venezuela. The men involved in Sunday morning’s operation hailed from those camps, these people say.
[Source: Washington Post]