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US Government’s Lies on Aid Trucks “Torched” by Maduro are Exposed

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Via Sputnik News…

The Trump administration accused Nicolas Maduro’s government of torching a truck with humanitarian aid amid a civil plight in Venezuela in February. The State Department later released a video of the incident, and the narrative was instantly picked up by the MSM.

The New York Times, which has obtained unpublished footage and previously released clips, has exposed the inconsistency in reports on the burning trucks with humanitarian aid filmed on the Venezuela-Colombia border on 23 February.

While the majority of mainstream media advanced the official narrative that the convoy was set afire at President Nicolas Maduro’s order, the video presented by The New York Times, in fact, appeared to show an opposition protester hurling something akin to a Molotov cocktail at the convoy, which was most likely the trigger for the blaze.

According to the newspaper, the same protester can be seen 20 minutes earlier in a different video, throwing an incendiary device at another truck, without torching it.
The NYT published an article and a detailed video two weeks after the incident, proving that this entire story was an elaborate lie, but the media outlet was not the first to debunk the US and Colombia’s claims that Maduro was behind the fire.

On 24 February, the day the story hit world headlines, several independent journalists pointed out that it was fake news.

American journalist Max Blumenthal penned an article for site Grayzone, in which he noted that “the claim was absurd on its face”.

The fact that the NYT dispelled the myth pushed forward by the US government and a number of media outlets, has garnered much praise from those, who were originally advancing the initial version.

For instance, CNN, which claimed it had witnessed the incident firsthand: “a CNN team saw incendiary devices from police on the Venezuelan side of the border ignite the trucks”.

On 23 February, a truck laden with US humanitarian aid was filmed burning on the Francisco de Paula Santander Bridge spanning the Venezuela-Colombia border, with Vice President Mike Pence tweeting that “the tyrant in Caracas danced as his henchmen burned food and medicine” heading to Venezuelans.

Senator Marco Rubio accused President Nicolas Maduro of committing a “crime” by torching the convoy, while White House National Security Adviser John Bolton doubled down on his previous calls for Maduro’s ouster, claiming that the Venezuelan president had sent “masked thugs” to set the cargo alight.

The incident took place the day the Venezuelan opposition, led by self-proclaimed interim President Juan Guaido and backed by the United States, attempted to ensure deliveries of humanitarian aid to the country from neighbouring Colombia.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro voiced strong opposition to the convoy, deeming it a pretext for a US invasion of the South American country, and ordered the closure of the nation’s borders in a bid to halt the deliveries.

Maduro has stressed that the country is able to cope with its hardships and that US “concerns” over the so-called humanitarian crisis had been “fabricated by Washington over the last four years to justify intervening in our country”.


The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of this site. This site does not give financial, investment or medical advice.

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Flying Gabriel
Flying Gabriel
March 11, 2019

The USA is where the truth goes to die. The moral bankruptcy is hideous to watch.

Rick Oliver
Rick Oliver
March 11, 2019

Draining the American Swamp will take forever !! Nothing but lies come out of that demonic nation .

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Rick Oliver
March 13, 2019

True! The US regime is a lost case. Their members are a selection of the worst.

J. Jesus Ramirez
J. Jesus Ramirez
March 12, 2019

I think most people have come to realize that watching or reading news is for entertainment purpose only. Only reason I watch it is for the weather, witch turns out to be wrong most of the time. Always remember, when anyone in government opens there mouth, It’s all lies.

uncle tungsten
uncle tungsten
March 12, 2019

Tulsi Gabbard got it totally right from the beginning. Check out her website for the CNN town hall meeting in texas.

Susan Harms
Susan Harms
March 15, 2019

Geez.. we should believe the NYT because…. ?

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