Leamsy Salazar, at right, back when Chavecito (on the left) trusted him.
Hey! Remember the spook I blogged about the other day? Leamsy Salazar, the presidential security officer who “defected” from the Venezuelan armed forces and is now a star witness for the DEA? Well, it looks like that won’t be the last we hear about him. Far from it. It looks like he’s turned into a very useful stool pigeon, at least as far as fascist media are concerned. And that’s not all there is to side-eye about him. So let’s scratch a bit and see what flakes off him, shall we?
There are two ways of looking at the press operation of the Spanish Franco-fascist newspaper, ABC, on the DEA’s new star: Corvette captain Leamsy Salazar, ex-member of the first ring of security around Comandante Chávez. One, consider that everything ABC says is “information”; the other, try to separate the facts from the operations. That [latter] is what we’re trying to do here.
Of what ABC has said, only one element can we give as proven: Leamsy Salazar deserted the ranks of the Bolivarian National Armed Forces and will be in the United states, or at the disposal of that land. That is the only fact corroborated by diverse sources: the daily ABC, and on the other hand, the president of the Venezuelan National Assembly, Diosdado Cabello, the target of the Franco-fascist periodical’s attacks.
Diosdado Cabello told [journalist] Pedro Carvajalino, on VTV, in a video broadcast on Tuesday, January 27:
“This comrade was with Comandante Chávez. When the Comandante died, I decided, fine, in honor of the Comandante, I’ll take him to work with me. But suddenly I started talking to him, and he started to lower his eyes from mine…this was in the month of June. Month of June. He started to lower his eyes from mine, he wouldn’t meet my eyes, the deception began. I spoke with the Minister of Defence, and asked her for a replacement, and told her: Send him to study so he can be retrained, because he doesn’t look right to me. He went off to study, and never attended the course. On the contrary, he deserted. He deserted with his wife in December, which was decisive…but he deserted the course long before the course he was supposed to take, which all military officers do.”
The rest of what’s going around is biased constructions, driven by a rabidly anti-Chavista paper, which doesn’t hide its desire to see the government of Nicolás Maduro fall. It’s enough to read the editorial from January 28*, in response to the Venezuelan president’s denunciation. An editorial, unlike bylined articles, represents the paper’s position.
President Maduro had denounced ABC for promoting a “campaign of the international far right and factors of the US empire”. That’s the second proven fact. The international far right has one of its principal pillars in ABC at the moment of attacking Venezuela, and the plan is simple: ABC “broadcasts” its so-called “information” and the rest of a powerful media entente replicates it, using the first medium as source, without questioning the item and without looking for repercussions, points of view, contexts, etc.
The second part of President Maduro’s statement over the intervention of “factors of the US empire” is also proven. One day after the publication, the US Secretary of State for Narcotics and International Security, William Brownfield — long known in Venezuela — assured that what ABC published was “consistent” with his own analysis on the supposed penetration of drug cartels into Venezuela.
Later, the functionary said that he could “neither confirm nor deny” what ABC published. Really — a functionary of Brownfield’s rank could not confirm whether Salazar is in the United States, whether there exists an official investigation by the DEA in that respect, and whether there is any type of judicial denunciation rooted in any court in US territory? Of course he can. He won’t do it because it isn’t necessary right now.
Because from here on in, the second part of the operation unfolds, which consists of the press (could be ABC or some other opportune medium) “leaks” new information as to what Salazar “tells” the DEA. This will happen whenever the journalistic and political operators deem pertinent. Let’s illustrate with an example: The negotiations between the United States and Cuba to normalize diplomatic relations already appear more difficult than they initially seemed. If at any moment these should happen to stagnate, “revelations” from Salazar will appear concerning ties between Diosdado [Cabello] and the government of Cuba. In fact, this line is already laid out in the first ABC article.
The same could happen with any other conjuncture, which could have its “opportune” repercussions in new so-called statements by Salazar. Another example: This year, there will be presidential elections in Argentina; even though President [Cristina] Fernández is not up for re-election, they could easily smear the ruling party in some scandal linking to Diosdado [Cabello] or other Venezuelan officials to the Casa Rosada in Buenos Aires. Why not? Salazar, let there be no doubt, will be good for everything.
Another element confirmed by official sources and documented proofs is that Leamsy Salazar was in fact part of the first ring of security around President Hugo Chávez, who in fact held him in high esteem as a young officer allied with the retaking of Miraflores Palace after the coup of April 11-13 in April 2002. Salazar remained in Chávez’s inner circle until the Bolivarian commander’s last days.
Much has been said about the possibility that the cancer that killed President Chávez in less than two years had been somehow inoculated. President Maduro as much as said that he concurred with this hypothesis. Political analysis as well as other other actions taken for a long time by the United States regarding the inoculation of illnesses into personages or entire communities lead us to conclude that, in effect, if the empire (beyond the US itself) had the opportunity to get close to Chávez, they would never have let it slip away.
Toby Valderrama has written several times of the political scenario he called the “biological assassination” of Chávez; the lawyer, Juan Martorano, write dozens of articles over the way in which the US have acted in different scenarios and moments by way of forced inoculations to twist history in their favor. All these writings can be found on the Aporrea website.
But all these efforts at reconstruction and analysis come up against a difficult obstacle: For the “biological assassination” of Hugo Chávez they would need to have him or the guilty parties get very close to the leader and for a long time. There, in the inner circle and for years, was Leamsy Salazar, today at the disposal of politico-journalistic operations by ABC and the United States.
We cannot confirm in any way (at least with the proven information we have to date) that Salazar had anything to do with the death of Comandante Chávez. We don’t know [that he did]. What we do know is that we must assume that the president’s inner circle had been compromised. That is a fact.
It is time that an official, rigorous and serious investigation begin as to the possible assassination of the Comandante. History demands it.
Translation mine. Linkage added.
So, we can see a lot of players from previous putsches against Chavecito there in the mix. William Brownfield, the former US ambassador to Venezuela, is the key one, and of course his “analysis” agrees with the statements of Leamsy Salazar. And why not? He probably coached Salazar very carefully on what lines to spout before the DEA. I take it for granted that any US diplomat in any foreign country is automatically a spy until proven otherwise, and so far, none has proven otherwise. So it stands to reason that Brownfield was probably feeding Leamsy Salazar the appropriate “information” (note the quotes, there for a reason — and that’s how they appear in the article I translated, too!) If his job was to meddle in Venezuelan interior politics — and it was — then this oh-so-strange coincidence between Brownfield’s account and Salazar’s becomes a whole lot less strange. And a lot less coincidental, too. After all, there’s Venezuelan oil (largest proven reserves in the world, remember?) to be stolen, and for that, a full-scale invasion must be mounted. Venezuela is no longer tame to US interests, after all…
And oh yeah, how funny too that Argentina should also be mentioned! You’ll note that for the past several days, I’ve been blogging about the strange death of Alberto Nisman, the prosecutor who allegedly ordered the arrest of none other than the president of Argentina herself. Argentina, too, has been slandered in the efforts to drum up an invasion of Venezuela — remember the “briefcase affair” from a few years back? That was another smear directed at both Chavecito and Cristina Fernández, which proved to be a damp squib, and ended up embarrassing only those in whose faces it blew back. None of the shit ever stuck to either of the two presidents it was aimed at, and no wonder: Neither one had a thing to do with it. It was just one more false flag operation in a lengthy series of them.
Of course, Leamsy Salazar may well prove to be good for a lot more than just media smears and false-flag smoke and mirrors, at least in the eyes of his gringo masters. If indeed the suspicions of a great many Venezuelans, including Madurito himself, prove true, and it emerges that Chavecito was in fact injected with a cancer-causing virus (which has been possible since 1963, according to Judyth Vary Baker, the young US scientist who worked on a top-secret project to kill Fidel Castro with just such a virus), then suspicion will fall on Leamsy Salazar all over again…this time as a possible murderer, or accessory to murder, as well as a traitor.
Which he already is, any way you look at him.
*The original article says the 29th, but the only unsigned article I was able to find from that day was one from the wires about Diosdado Cabello, not Nicolás Maduro, accusing ABC of libel. The previous day’s editorial fits the statements of the paragraph better, so I linked to it instead. I suspect that the author of the piece may have gotten the dates mixed up.