Venezuela has sheltered groups with ties to Middle East terrorists and allows its weapons to reach Colombian guerrillas, a senior U.S. official said.
Those are among the reasons why the Bush administration announced on Monday that it banned Venezuela from purchasing U.S. weapons, saying it has failed to fully cooperate on counterterrorism, Thomas A. Shannon, assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere affairs, told editors and reporters at The Washington Times.
"Cuban intelligence has effectively cloned itself inside Venezuelan intelligence to the point that [our] ability to cooperate and have a relationship with Venezuela on the intelligence side is very difficult," Shannon said. "We are worried about the kind of relationship [Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez] wants to have with Iran on the intelligence side," he added.
Wednesday, May 17, 2006
This isn't surprising: