June 22, 2019  |  Updated July 11, 2019

Russian Op 7: Venom in Venezuela

By Ben Nimmo, Eto Buziashvili and Luiza Bandiera

Much of the Russian operation’s content focused on European issues. One significant outlier was a story it launched on February 26, 2019, three days after clashes broke out over aid deliveries to Venezuela.

A False-Flag False Flag

The story began on a Spanish-language forum, globedia.com. The article (archived here) claimed that the United States was planning a chemical attack in Venezuela to justify a military intervention, citing as proof a letter purportedly written by the Mission Director of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Colombia, Lawrence Sacks, to Venezuela’s interim president, Juan Guaidó.

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