Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Venezuela: Suspected US Provocateur Arrested, Implicated in Conspiracy, Possession of Military Equipment

According to The Latin American Tribune,  32-year-old American citizen suspected of being a US agent will remain in custody following a ruling Wednesday (April 23) by a court in Venezuela, the Attorney General’s Office said.

Todd Michael Leininger was arrested last Saturday (April 19) in the southwestern state of Tachira, where he has lived for two months with his Venezuelan wife.

Leininger will be held under preventive arrest on attempted murder, arms and criminal conspiracy charges, the AG’s office said, citing a ruling by the court in Tachira.

COMMENT: This no doubt is sensationalism at its worst, simply as a provocative example of  a Socialist government that sees foreign agents behind every tree.

Police found three rifles, including one with a telescopic sight and silencer, two pistols, ammunition and eight military-style uniforms at the suspect’s residence, Tachira Governor José Vielma said.

A document identifying Leininger as a captain in a US police or military unit was also found by investigators, the governor said, although the alleged credentials of were not published in any credible, independent newspaper.

Vielma showed reporters the uniforms and firearms during a presentation on the case, although the gear could have come from anywhere.

The American was arrested after relatives of Jorge Santos Sandoval, a neighbor he allegedly threatened to shoot for refusing to turn down his stereo, called police, Vielma said.