Thom was puzzled on the podcast about why Russian(-connected) spies would be a headline today. A caller suggested the RightWing noise machine, Glenn Beck in particular, with Darth Cheney in the wings, or maybe in the rafters posing as a bat.
But this appearing on VHeadline and other opposition (CIA front) publications in Venezuela could be a clue. Think back to the subversion of Honduras last year, and the early support from Hillary for the OAS position of defending President Zelaya, only to fade to black within a very few days. This new spy thriller may be a hit on Hugo Chavez by the Cheney cabal.
Remember also the Christmas bomber Abdulmutallab that had no detonator, badly burned himself yet never arose from his trance, and was removed from the no-fly list, according to State Department official Patrick Kennedy, at the request of the CIA, who didn't want to "tip their hand" and spoil the sting.
[Patrick F. Kennedy, an undersecretary for management at the State Department, said Abdulmutallab's visa was not taken away because intelligence officials asked his agency not to deny a visa to the suspected terrorist over concerns that a denial would've foiled a larger investigation into al-Qaida threats against the United States — Detroit News] Yeah, right.
Eva Golinger is the Venezolana-American lawyer, publisher of venezuelafoia.info, which is now unavailable online (the site with that name is a german language ad for waterbeds. Note the URL if you go there!)
Eva originally published all the FOIAs there that she extracted from the US government proving that the CIA, NED and USAID were in command of the forces that overthrew Chavez (for a day! LOL) in 2002. That's OK. I have her book The Chavez Code which includes all that information.
But this is the article that the current headline touts:
Editor-in-chief of the 'Correo del Orinoco' in English, Eva Golinger has come out in defense of Peruvian-born journalist, Vicky Pelaez, who writes for the New York-based EL Diario La Prensa and her Uruguayan husband, Juan Lazaro ... they are both accused of being Russian Federal agents for years and money-laundering.
VHeadline News Editor Patrick J. O'Donoghue reports:
Pelaez herself has worked for the local Hispanic newspaper for more than twenty years.
Golinger said Pelaez is one of the few Hispanic journalists, who has consistently criticized Washington's politics towards Latin America.
The editor-in-chief complained that none of the international press organizations has come out in Pelaez defense. The groups are the first to react when Venezuelan opposition sectors claim political persecution against opposition media owners or journalists.
The arrest of the Pelaez' family, Golinger declared, shows the hypocritical nature of the USA that charges people in the USA for receiving money from and working for a foreign country, while sending large amount of dollars to finance opposition groups in Venezuela via groups such as the National Endowment for Democracy (NED).
Pelaez, her husband and eight others, are charged under the Foreign Agent Registration Act as members of a sleeper spy ring.
At the time of writing, the NY newspaper has not made any editorial comment on the serious matter affecting a staff member and her family.
Patrick J. O'Donoghue