Meet Christian Medina. The Venezuelan soldier, a former aide to Chavecito, knows a thing or two about the traitor, Leamsy Salazar, a former aide who “defected” to the US recently. And he was not reluctant to share it with a leading opposition-aligned TV channel, either:
Venezuelan lieutenant Christian Medina, former aide-de-camp to president Hugo Chávez, stated today that former bodyguard to the late head of state, corvette captain Leamsy Salazar, collaborated with the CIA.
“This functionary of the CIA, unfortunately a man who was aide-de-camp to Comandante Chávez, and also on the security team of parliamentary president Diosdado Cabello, was captured, bought off, and suborned” by the CIA, said Medina, in an interview with Globovisión.
The lieutenant told Globovisión that it was part of the US plan against the Bolivarian Revolution. “Every destabilizing plan and coup d’état we have lived through” can be explained, said Medina, by the actions of the US government against governments it believes will not guarantee it control of local oil.
Asked whether he believes that Salazar was a CIA agent when he was assistant to Chávez and later a member of Cabello’s security team, Medina said that “maybe, at a given moment, he was not [yet] touched or captured by these North American strategies.”
In any case, Medina added, Salazar “did not at the time develop what was fundamental, namely his principles and values. All of us who are in the revolution are susceptible when the empire seeks to capture some sector in order to immediately generate instability.”
Certainly, Salazar’s duplicitous actions speak for themselves. Diosdado Cabello, for one, has gone on record saying that Salazar “didn’t look right” to him, which prompted Cabello to remove him from his security team and send him for additional training. Salazar never completed it; instead, he fucked off to the US, resurfacing as a self-proclaimed defector. Cabello, like Christian Medina, has good reason to believe that Salazar was “captured”, in spy parlance, and “turned” by the CIA against his own president. Did he feed them vital data on the movements of the late leader? No doubt he did, because it was part of his job, as security captain, to know all that. Was he also instrumental in a plot to infect Chávez with cancer? Maybe; the evidence has yet to arise, if there is any.
One thing for sure, though, is that Salazar’s real loyalties lie not with his country of origin, but with the country where he conveniently bobbed back up again, babbling all over the Miami talk shows. And that makes him the worst kind of traitor: a sellout and a backstabber. As Medina says, the man has no values. And that makes everything he says to the media utterly worthless, in turn.