Closer inspection of the uniforms worn by two self-proclaimed Venezuelan army defectors interviewed on CNN earlier this week has revealed that they’re not who they are saying they’re, and doubtless ought to not be given weapons.
“As Venezuelan troopers, we’re making a request to the US to assist us, in logistical phrases, with communication, with weapons, so we will understand Venezuelan freedom,” one of many alleged defectors informed CNN.
Their conveniently timed attraction got here alongside ramped up efforts by the US to institute regime change in the oil wealthy South American nation, putting in pro-American opposition chief Juan Guaidó into energy. The two claimed to be in contact with a community of disgruntled army models and defectors able to “stand up in arms” in opposition to lately re-elected President Nicolas Maduro.
If this story wasn’t already suspicious sufficient, it seems that the pair had been sporting uniforms that had been retired by the Venezuelan army after consolidating its branches in 2008. This reality was simply confirmed by being attentive to their badges which nonetheless learn ‘FAN’ ( Fuerza Armada Nacionales), where-as all Venezuelan service members at present have badges which learn ‘FANB’ (Fuerza Armada Nacional Bolivariana).
Despite framing the story as if the 2 are lately defected lively obligation members deeply related to the interior lifetime of the Venezuelan army, in actuality the 2 are “former troopers” who “live outdoors the nation,” a reality CNN itself admits in the story hooked up to the video.