Secret Venezuela Files Link Maduro Confidant with Hizbullah

(New York Times) Nicholas Casey - Tareck El Aissami, one of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's closest confidants, has been the target of wide-ranging investigations by his own country's intelligence agency. According to a secret dossier provided to the New York Times by a former top Venezuelan intelligence official, El Aissami and his father, Carlos Zaidan El Aissami, a Syrian immigrant who had worked with Hizbullah, pushed to bring Hizbullah into Venezuela. Carlos was involved in a plan to train Hizbullah members in Venezuela, "with the aim of expanding intelligence networks throughout Latin America and at the same time working in drug trafficking," the documents say. Tareck helped by using his authority over residency permits to issue official documents to Hizbullah militants, enabling them to stay in the country.

2019-05-03 00:00:00

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