HAVANA TIMES — The US government denied on Monday having any involvement in plans to destabilize Venezuela or a plot to assassinate opposition leader Henrique Capriles.
The accusation of US meddling had come from the interim president, Nicolas Maduro, who warned on TeleSur TV on Sunday that the Obama administration was involved in a plot against Capriles that would then be blamed on the Venezuelan government.
“We have information from a very reliable source. The plan has the objective to fill Venezuelans with hate and in that way achieve what they haven’t achieved through elections,” said Maduro.
In refuting the accusation, US State Dept. spokesperson Victoria Nuland said: “the United States categorically rejects allegations of any U.S. government involvement in any plot to destabilize the Venezuelan government or to harm anyone in Venezuela.”
In the wake of the death of President Hugo Chavez, constitutionally mandated elections are set for April 14, with the main candidates being Nicolas Maduro, Chavez’s hand chosen successor, and Henrique Capriles, who lost to Chavez in elections last October by a margin of 11 percent.