Thursday, June 6, 2013

Venezuela: Update--US Filmmaker Released for Allegedly Committing Espionage

According to EFE, the Venezuelan government deported Timothy Tracy, 35, a US independent filmmaker yesterday (June 5), after being arrested on April 14, and remanded into custody. Tracy had also been accused of training Venezuelan students in how to stage acts of violence.

COMMENT: Rarely does Venezuela's government deport foreigners that have been detained on alleged espionage allegations, although one explanation is that US Secretary of State John Kerry and Venezuelan Foreign Minister Elias Jaua during are also meeting today during the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Guatemala.

It is possible that Venezuela released Tracy because of insufficient evidence, although lack of evidence has never inhibited the socialist government in the past. 

The American filmmaker had in his custody copies of videotapes that he had produced in April. Thus, it seems more likely that Tracy was released because of the impending meeting with Kerry.