Three U.S. diplomats have been accused of conspiracy by the Venezuelan government, and have been asked to leave the country. Kelly Keiderling, top embassy official in charge, and consular officers David Moo and Elizabeth Hoffman, were given 48 hours to leave Venezuela. Reuters reports the accusations are related to allegations that members of the diplomatic team where involved in a conspiracy to sabotage Venezuela's electrical structure and system.
In a televised appearance, Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro, admonished the diplomats by saying:
“Out of Venezuela” and “Yankees go home!”
The U.S. diplomats are accused of meeting with Liborio Guarulla, as part of a conspiracy to finance the sabotaging of Venezuela's electrical power system, and damage the country's economy. Guarulla is governor of the Venezuelan state of Amazonas, and politically opposed to Maduro's leadership. President Nicolas Maduro has continued the socialist regime led by his predecessor, Hugo Chavez, , who died shortly after re-election. Guarulla had once worked with other opposition leaders to form a unity candidate to challenge Hugo Chavez in his last election, and also formed an opposition "progressive party."
According to Maduro, the U.S. diplomats had been under investigation, and under surveillance for months. The State Department denies all charges in the allegations of conspiracy, and blame the electrical outages on poor management and maintenance.
Meanwhile, Venezuela is trying reach out to foreign allies who mutually want to bring down U.S. global dominance. Venezuela is trying to complete several orders for oil tankers requested by Iran, Argentina, China and Brazil. The oil tankers have not been delivered to their prospective countries yet, but are near completion.
This visit by Ahmadinejad is an important one. We have a number of bilateral cooperation deals being developed in areas from housing to technical cooperation and industry.
Ahmadinejad also attended the late Venezuelan president's funeral in March.