Juan Guaidó’s UK representative, a jet-setting US
socialite named Vanessa Neumann, has threatened
journalists with FBI investigations for reporting on her
unhinged behavior. The coup-plotting heiress made her
name spinning out conspiracies at neoconservative think
By Ben Norton
July 09, 2020 "Information
Clearing House" -
Since the United States initiated a coup attempt
against Venezuela’s elected, internationally recognized
government in January 2019, the gang of far-right
opposition activists the Donald Trump administration
recognized as the country’s unelected representatives
have racked up a series of embarrassing scandals.
aides of the
US-appointed “interim president,” Juan Guaidó, blew
hundreds of thousands of dollars of humanitarian aid
money on luxury hotels, swanky clothes, and wild
parties in Colombia. Violent pro-Guaidó coup-mongers
burnt USAID trucks in a failed putsch on the Venezuelan
border, while falsely blaming the fire on the actual
president in Caracas,
Guaidó’s coup gang subsequently set the stage for
North American corporations to
liquidate Venezuela’s most valuable foreign asset, Citgo.
And in another bizarre PR stunt,
Guaidó even tried to scale the fence outside of
Venezuela’s National Assembly, after refusing to
pass through the main entrance.
Nearly 18 months into the failed coup attempt, the
scandals keep coming.
This July, the representative that the Venezuelan
coup regime appointed to the United Kingdom, Vanessa
Neumann, threatened several American and British
journalists who criticized her on social media.
Neumann’s corporate consulting firm claimed to have
reported these journalists to the FBI, and even
baselessly accused them without a scintilla of evidence
of being “part of an indicted transnational criminal
network with a price on your head.”
These threats came just after Neumann’s official
Twitter account declared, “Death to Nicolás Maduro.”
Neumann subsequently claimed her profile was hacked,
while intimidating the journalists who reported on her
How a deranged right-wing fanatic like this ended up
as the person the British government recognizes as
Venezuela’s official representative deserves some
Neumann’s bizarre tactics are part and parcel of a
much longer pattern that has played out in British
tabloids well before she was known as a faux diplomat.
She is the product of a life of endless entitlement and
a climate of right-wing zealotry that is characteristic
of Venezuela’s powerful oligarchy. The parasitic class
of business owners she hails from once controlled the
oil-rich South American nation’s government and economy,
and are desperate to wrest back control of the state
from the leftist Chavista movement.
Neumann got her start working for companies owned by
her plutocrat grandfather. She then established herself
as an oil lobbyist, a corporate consultant, and a
conservative pundit who shuffled through an array of
American and British think tanks and media outlets that
are hellbent on overthrowing Venezuela’s socialist
government, subordinating its independent foreign policy
to Washington, and re-privatizing the country’s
substantial natural resources.
Her extensive work with large corporations and her
elite position in Venezuela’s oligarchy is precisely why
the country’s right-wing opposition tapped her in March
2019 to be the Guaidó coup regime’s official
representative to Britain.
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