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El juicio en Miami sobre el “Maletagate” venezolano parte V: La Nacion denuncio que el avion de PDVSA del Maletagate llevaba 5 millones de dolares.

September 14, 2008


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(En
ingles aqui,
In English here)

El periódico Argentino La Nación denuncio hoy en un
articulo de investigación que el ya famoso avión alquilado por PDVSA que llego
a Argentina llevando a Guido Antonini I su maleta Ann 800,000 dólares en
efectivo, en realidad llevaba la no despreciable cantidad de 5 millones de
dólares

De acuerdo a La Nación,
el Vice-Presidente de PDVSA Diego Uzcategui le habría preguntado a su hijo
Daniel y a Guido Antonini donde estaban los demás 4.2 millones y que había
testigos presentes en ese momento.

Además, denuncia La
nación, en los diálogos del juicio de Miami, los testigos no hablan de “la
maleta” pero “ de “las maletas” en plural,  una sutileza que fue notada
por los periodistas investigando si habia o nos mas efectivo en el ya famoso
avión.

En un de los diálogos
en el juicio de Miami, Antonini pregunta porque Rafael Ramírez se esta lavando
las manos ahora, a lo que Duran responde: “El no se esta lavando las manos, el
ya no se puede levar las manos. Porque fue su asistente el que llevo las
maletas al avión”

El Fiscal Thomas
Mulvihil también ha mencionado que hubo otros fondos que fueron enviado a los
Kirchner, pero no ha hablado mucho de este punto.

De acuerdo a las
fuentes de La Nación, el resto del efectivo están en una o dos maletas grandes
que fueron transportadas como equipaje en el avión y no como en el maletín de
mano de Antonini que hizo famoso el caso de Maletagate. La Nación identifica al
asistente de Rafael Ramírez involucrado en el caso como el que llevo las
maletas al avión a un hombre de apellido Reiter. In otro dialogo. Antonini
destaca que el fue un pasajero al que le entregaron “una” maleta. Mas adelante
en la cinta, Antonini también dice que el hecho muchos de estos viajes.

Todo esto tiene mucho
sentido. Una de las cosas que nunca había entendido es porque tomar el riesgo
de enviar 800 mil dólares como lo hicieron, una cantidad que tendría muy poco
impacto en la campaña de Cristina Kirchner. Uno tendría que enviar demasiados
aviones para tener un impacto importante. Pero si eran cinco millones de
dólares entonces si tendría mucho sentido. Esto también podría explicar porque
se alquilo un jet para el viaje. No parecía tener mucho sentido alquilar un
avión para el proyecto entre la Argentina Enarsa y PDVSA, un proyecto sin flujo
de caja que aun hoy no ha arrancado ni nunca ha tenido flujo de caja. El vuelo
tampoco parecía justificarse ya que en el avión no viajaban funcionarios de
alto rango. Recuerden que Claudio Uberti, el hombre que estaba a cargo entonces
de los peajes en Argentina era el funcionario de mayor rango en el vuelo. Pero
no hay duda que si el avio llevaba cinco millones de dólares si se justificaba
e gasto.

En los próximos días
deberían aparecer mas detalles sobre todo esto, que demuestra el grado de
corrupción y poca ética de los lideres de las roboluciones Bolivariana y
Argentina.

The Miami Venezuelan Maletagate trial part V: La Nacion charges PDVSA maletagate airplane was carrying US$ 5 million

September 14, 2008

Argentinean
newspaper La Nacion charges today

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in an
investigative article that the infamous plane chartered by PDVSA which arrived
in Argentina carrying Guido Antonini and his US$ 800,000 in a suitcase, was
actually carrying the whopping amount of US$ 5 million in cash.

According to La Nacion,
PDVSA’s Vice President Diego Uzcategui had asked his son Daniel and Guido
Antonini were the remainder US$ 4.2 million was and others heard the question.

Moreover, charges La
Nacion, in the dialogues in the Miami trial, the witnesses do not talk about
“the suitcase” but “the suitcases” in plural, a subtle
point noted by the reporters investigating if there was more cash in the plane.

In one dialogue Antonini
asks why Rafael Ramirez is washing his hands now and Duran replies: “He is
not washing his hands, he can no longer was his hands. Because it was his
assistant who carried the suitcases to the plane”.

Prosecutor Thomas Mulvihil
has mentioned that there were other funds sent to the Kirchner’s campaign but
has not expanded on that point.

According to the sources
of la Nacion, the rest of the cash was in a large suitcase (or two) and not a
carry on like the one taken away from Antonini. La Nacion also identifies
Rafael Ramirez’ assistant, the man in charge of the suitcases as a man whose
last name is Reiter. In another dialogue Antonini notes that he was one
passenger who was given “one” suitcase. Later, Antonini also says
that he has made lots of those trips.

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This makes
a lot more sense. One of the things I never quite understood was why risk
sending US$800,000 like that an amount that would have little impact in the
campaign. You had to send an awful lot of airplanes to have an impact. It also
explains why the plane was chartered. Enarsa and PDVSA had a joint venture
which had no operations or cash flow, it made little sense to rent a jet for
that flight, there was no urgency or very high ranking officials involved.
Recall Claudio Uberti was in charge of toll roads in Argentina and he was the
highest ranking person in the fligtht.But the US$ 5 million certainly justified
it!

We should learn more about
this in the upcoming days, showing the degree of corruption and unethical
behavior in the leaders of the Bolivarian and Argentinean robolutions.

Heads up PMB!

How Maletagate, Chavez theatrics and US Treasury sanctions are all connected

September 14, 2008

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So much stuff, so little
time. The last 72 hours have been whirlwind of events and information to
digest, but it becomes simply impossible to write about everything going on.
While everyone has concentrated on Chavez kicking out the US Ambassador,
nobody seems to wonder why it is that Hugo always kicks out Ambassadors over
fuzzy issues which you can blame on anyone but the Ambassador, but continues
having relations, commercial and otherwise with the respective countries, only
to later kiss and make up in each case.

The answer is obvious;
because Chavez would not dare t break relations that could have a real impact.
In fact, the silly communiqu issued by the Foreign Minister gives Chavez 72
hours to leave the country from almost the second the autocrat ordered it, but
waitthis just in

US Ambassador Frank Duddy
was not in Venezuela
and the Chavez administration knew it, but you have to get theatrical over the
whole thing and that was all they were really doing.

And from all that I have
gathered, it was all first class theater. You see, it appears as if somehow
with the aid of the Cuban G2, the Chavez Government got wind of the sanctions against
the heads of the Civilian and Military Intelligence services of Venezuela and
Chavez Minister of the Interior (when he found out what was coming he removed
him). Thus, in the face of this possibility Chavez decided to act first, to
make it look as if the sanctions were coming in retaliation to Chavez
expulsion of Ambassador Duddy and his not so friendly speech on nationwide TV.

Thus, while Chavez may be
indeed planning to stop the elections somehow, and we may see a link to this
accusation of someone trying to ill him as the basis for arrests that will lead
to a scenario of no elections, the truth is that the theatrics surrounding
Duddys expulsion seemed exclusively aimed at diluting the impact of the
accusations against.

Because the sanctions
against the trio of Venezuelan high officials originate in the infamous Reyes
computer where the three are named in various sections. In fact, I have covered
before in these pages how deeply involved Venezuelas former Minister of the
Interior (twice) Ramon Rodriguez Chain has been involved with the FARC. His
contacts and connections with the FARC date to the 80s and there has been
ample documentation on it, including him publicly welcoming FARC leaders to
Venezuela, getting them Venezuelan papers and his now infamous words of
encouragement to the FARC guerrillas as he led the rescue of some hostages,
which was covered by a Telesur video camera.

We had mentioned before
that FARC papers explicitly mentioned Rodriguez Chacin for offering the FARC
weapons in exchange for training, as well as a famous note by the FARC, saying
that Rodriguez Chacin was truly a badass, which must have some meaning coming
from such badasses as the FARC.

Well, here is the what the
Treasury Department had to say
about Rodriguez Chacin, who BTW, in his
first installment as Minister of the Interior was later found to have two sets
of Venezuelan cedula umber and under the second one he held an account in a
local bank with something like one and a half million dollars at the official
rate of exchange:

Ramon Emilio Rodriguez
Chacin, who was Venezuela’s
Minister of Interior and Justice until September 8, is the Venezuelan
government’s main weapons contact for the FARC. The FARC uses its proceeds from
narcotics sales to purchase weapons from the Venezuelan government. 
Rodriguez Chacin has held numerous meetings with senior FARC members, one of
which occurred at the Venezuelan government’s Miraflores Palace
in late 2007.  Rodriguez Chacin has also assisted the FARC by trying to
facilitate a $250 million dollar loan from the Venezuelan government to the
FARC in late 2007.  We cannot confirm whether the loan materialized.

And then there is the Head
of the Civilian Intelligence Police General Henry Rangel Silva, who has held
the position for the last three years and who has appeared prominently in the
Maletagate trial as having been in charge of solving the case for Chavez and
PDVSA. Rangel has been involved in rescuing Venezuelan cattlemen who later
turned out to have been kidnapped by the FARC, He also appeared in some
documents where he was supposedly coordinating attacks on Colombian
paramilitary with the FARC. Here is the accusation against him by the Treasury
Department:

Henry de Jesus Rangel
Silva, the Director of Venezuela’s Directorate of Intelligence and Prevention
Services or DISIP, is in charge of intelligence and counterintelligence
activities for the Venezuelan government.   Rangel Silva has
materially assisted the narcotics trafficking activities of the FARC.  He
has also pushed for greater cooperation between the Venezuelan government and
the FARC.

Note in particular the
statement that General Rangel Silva has materially assisted the trafficking of
narcotics by the FARC. Now, may skeptics may suggest this are trumped up
charges, but given the dramatic increase in drug trafficking via Venezuela in
the last ten years, it is clear some higher ups have to be helping it.

Finally, there are the
accusations against the Head of the Military Intelligence Services General
Carvajal Barrios, who has been part of that service for the last eight years.
He has been in charge of the accusations of assassination attempts and coup
plots, producing not a single convicted person in the previous 28 cases
investigated and this week is the first time that he has found someone he could
detain. (They could still be set free!):

Hugo Armando Carvajal
Barrios is the Director of Venezuela’s
Military Intelligence Directorate (DGIM).  His assistance to the FARC
includes protecting drug shipments from seizure by Venezuelan anti-narcotics
authorities and providing weapons to the FARC, allowing them to maintain their
stronghold of the coveted Arauca Department.   Arauca, which is
located on the Colombia/Venezuela border, is known for coca cultivation and
cocaine production.  Carvajal Barrios also provides the FARC with official
Venezuelan government identification documents that allow FARC members to
travel to and from Venezuela
with ease.

Carvajals case was
documented from Reyes computers, which has been certified by Interpol as not
having any evidence of tampering, but has also led to arrests of FARC
collaborators in Colombia, Thailand and Central
America.

What is
most interesting about these sanctions is that it orders the assets of the
three men in the US frozen, something that should really instill fear in those
robolutionaries who maintain significant assets in the US (It is not that
they are dumb, they thought they were untouchable!) and could show up in a list
at any time, either via the Miami trial or further evidence from the FARC. You
see, the Miami trial involves not only corrupt civilians that paid commissions
to Government officials for contracts, bank deposits and influence, but these
guys in turn acted as fronts for many of the same officials and managed their
money for a nice fee of 20% per year. Many of these guys thought they were set
for life even if Chavez 

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