Venezuela expels German ambassador for backing Guaido

Juan Guaido strongly condemned the decision by President Maduro to expel the German ambassador to Caracas, and urged the envoy to "remain" in Venezuela. In January, Guaido, leader of the opposition-led National Assembly, declared himself interim president of Venezuela after allegations that Maduro's re-election previous year was rigged.

A USA journalist working in Venezuela, meanwhile, is missing after security forces escorted him from his Caracas apartment early Wednesday, according to witnesses and colleagues. They also seized Weddle's assistant, Venezuelan journalist Carlos Camacho.

"We are working through various channels to get as much information as we can and to see that Cody is released", said WPLG President & CEO E. R. Bert Medina. The men were not charged, Malave said.

Earlier, Guaido demanded Weddle's release, saying he had been "kidnapped" as part of an attempt to hide what is going on in Venezuela.

CARACAS, Venezuela-A USA journalist was seized by security forces at his apartment Wednesday amid Venezuela's escalating political turmoil, then was freed several hours later and deported, executives at his Miami-based TV station and union representatives said. "US citizen & journalist Cody Weddle is missing in Venezuela and apparently arrested by the Maduro regime this morning", he tweeted.

Phil Gunson, a political consultant at the International Crisis Group, suggested on Twitter that the incident could strain already tense relations between the United States and Venezuela.

The warning was repeated by Phil Gunson, a political consultant at the International Crisis Group: "Having military intelligence arrest a USA citizen ... seems like [an] unnecessary provocation". "They are moving resources out of the country".

WPLG Local 10 News in Miami, Florida lost their contributor in Venezuela Wednesday.

The pair are the latest alleged targets of President Nicolás Maduro, who has been accused of suppressing press freedoms amid the political unrest sweeping through the country.

Last week, prominent US-based Mexican anchor Jorge Ramos was detained for two hours at the presidential palace after Maduro abruptly cut short an interview. Ramos and his team were then deported.

The pursuing new diplomatic and economic initiatives to support Guaido's bid for a transitional government in Venezuela, National Security Adviser John Bolton said Wednesday. The guard said the security forces wore jackets indicating that they were from the military intelligence service.

WPLG said it was last in contact with Weddle on Tuesday afternoon.

  • Rogelio Becker