Embassy official: U.S. personnel not involved in coup
Posted: Thursday, April 18, 2002
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The official said that last Thursday evening, shortly after the coup attempt began, reports were heard "that Fort Tiuna might be closing down or that there was unusual movement." Fort Tiuna is Caracas' main military base.
"Two of our people [military attaches] drove around the fort to see what was going on, but they never left the car and there was no contact whatsoever," the official said.
The embassy official said a U.S. military attache also attended a news conference at the base held by Gen. Efrain Vasquez Velasco, one of the coup leaders.
The conference was held Saturday, the day the coup began to fizzle, but attending such conferences is usual U.S. policy, the official said.
The attache was at the armed forces inspector general's office at Fort Tiuna "during the preparation for and up until the coup," the source told Agence France-Presse. MORE