Venezuela’s Maduro: We will Review Relations with US after NSA Spying Revelations

Caracas, Venezuela (VA) – Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has announced that his government will review its diplomatic ties to the US, after a leaked document revealed the National Security Agency (NSA) had spied on executives at Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA.

The document, released by the Intercept in conjunction with TeleSUR this past Wednesday, is reported to have come from US whistleblower Edward Snowden. It details how the NSA hacked the e-mail accounts of thousands of PDVSA employees and executive officials, including the company president, Rafael Ramirez, in a bid to monitor PDVSA activity and the national government’s oil policy.

“I have told the foreign minister to demand an explanation and a huge apology for these illegal actions under international law, and I am going to conduct a total revision of our relations with the US,” the president said in comments to TeleSUR.

Relations between Venezuela and the US have been strained since the leftist government of Hugo Chavez was elected in Venezuela in 1998, and both infamously withdrew their respective ambassadors in 2010.

Following his election, Chávez “renationalised” the Venezuelan oil industry, increasing government control over subcontracting rights and substantially raising taxes for foreign drilling companies.

While the measures drew support from ordinary Venezuelans, they proved unpopular with transnational private oil corporations that had previously operated unrestrictedly in Venezuela, which is home to the world’s largest oil reserves.

According to Maduro, Wednesday’s revelation is confirmation that the US is actively seeking to undermine his government.

“To what ends are they spying on them (PDVSA employees), for the economic war, for persecution, to destroy (us) from the inside,” he said.

He also confirmed that Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez would officially deliver a “letter of protest” to US government representatives in Caracas this coming Thursday in view of the “unacceptable” and “massive attack” against Venezuela’s oil industry.

“It is the backbone of the country,” he said, referencing the numerous public services which are funded by the country’s income from oil.

On Wednesday evening, the head of state also met with thousands of PDVSA workers in a televised event, where he vowed to make the US apologise for having violated their privacy and asked for their support in confronting imperialism.

“The era of colonialism must be a bygone era, Venezuela must be active in defending its sovereignty and self-determination,” he proclaimed.

Despite ongoing dialogue to restore diplomatic ties between the two countries, talks have been derailed due to what the Venezuelan government has described as “aggressive” behaviour from the US, which continues to be the main buyer of Venezuelan oil.

Earlier in April 2015, US President Barack Obama invoked the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) to declare Venezuela a “threat” to US national security and slapped sanctions on several Venezuelan government officials, banning their entry into the US.

A number of US government spokespeople have also publicly questioned the efficacy of Venezuela’s democratic system in the run-up to parliamentary elections on 6th December, with no evidence presented to date.

The latest NSA revelations are expected to significantly exacerbate the already frosty relationship between the two countries.

Image Source: thierry ehrmann, Flickr, Creative Commons Edward Snowden, painted portrait DDC_8301

Image Source: thierry ehrmann, Flickr, Creative Commons
Edward Snowden, painted portrait DDC_8301

The Maduro government is expected to make further announcements in the coming days. To date, there has been no response from US state agencies.

This report was prepared by RACHAEL BOOTHROYD ROJAS for


1 comment for “Venezuela’s Maduro: We will Review Relations with US after NSA Spying Revelations

  1. brabantian
    November 22, 2015 at 5:28 pm

    What is missing above is what is well known to global governments, & what Vladimir Putin himself has hinted … All major gov intel agencies know that ‘Edward Snowden’ is totally, clearly, blatantly a CIA hoax & fraud. That is why Switzerland denied Snowden asylum, they know he is fake. Snowden never ‘stole’ anything from CIA-NSA, he is their boy. One of the multiple Snowden game goals is gov intimidation as in Venezuela’s case.

    The Snowden hoax is beyond any doubt if you read the intel reports on him held by European governments, online here ‘Russia gov FSB SVR report, Snowden, Greenwald are CIA frauds’:

    Snowden and his CIA media (Glenn Greenwald, UK Guardian, NY TImes) are a murderous trap for genuine dissidents who may have already been killed after contacting Snowden’s CIA Rothschild media team

    Nothing was really ‘new’ in Snowden revelations except media hype and a few project details – previous NSA whistleblowers had covered all this surveillance stuff before, tho without media blasting as in the Snowden fraud. 5+ previous NSA whistleblowers with the same material were relegated to ‘conspiracy’ sites.

    Ditto the practice run for Snowden, Julian Assange of Wikileaks (who is probably NOT living as claimed at the Ecuador Embassy in London, but moved in & out by Britain’s MI5 – MI6 agents for his photo ops & meetings).

    Anti-9-11-truth Snowden & Assange were both promoted by same CIA newspapers, NY Times & Rothschild UK Guardian, with criminal charges registered against them in Europe for lies against real USA dissidents.

    Ex-gay-pornographer, anti-9-11-truth Glenn Greenwald who worked for Rothschild & Bill Gates & now is paid by CIA billionaire Pierre Omidyar, has done little except promote Snowden bla-bla, Snowden also directly linked to Dick Cheney via Cheney’s pal biographer, CIA Bart Gellman at WashPost. Snowden’s USA ‘lawyers’ are all CIA-tied goons – Plato Cacheris, Bruce Fein, ‘Man-Boy Love Association’ ACLU scammers who scorn real dissidents.

    Snowden, Assange, Greenwald, & their media & lawyers & ACLU all refuse to discuss, support, or connect with the cases on corruption of US judges – who are the same judges whom Snowden & Assange claim to fear seeing in a USA ‘trial’!

    Snowden hoax which has multiple goals, including general intimidation & terrorisation of global governments & citizens, & support for CIA media … & proving how quickly even people of ‘opposition’ can be easily duped by sales pitches of familiar sleazy CIA media liars like NY Times & London Guardian.

    There are maybe already several dead whistleblowers silenced after being tricked into contacting ‘Snowden journalists’ and media, such as Rothschild employee & ex-gay-pornographer Glenn Greenwald, or trusting Snowden’s oily promotion of the ‘Tor’ fake-anonymous & CIA-NSA-friendly ‘dissident anonymous’ browser …

    Snowden & Assange try to dupe real dissidents & whistleblowers to trust Wikileaks, Greenwald, NY Times & Guardian … How many good people have Snowden & Assange already helped murder, whom we will never know about? How many have been caught and silenced after trusting the Snowden-pumped Tor browser?

    Meanwhile, any real dissidents are de-legitimised as people think, ‘If what you are saying is true, you’d be famous like Snowden, and Glenn Greenwald would be covering you!’

    Intel professionals note that liar Snowden has been unable to hide the facial signs of taking pleasure in deception, i.e., his ‘duping delight’ smirk … Vladimir Putin gets positive publicity for playing along, but has been openly hinting that his guest Snowden is fraud, yet the world is too dumb & duped, too eager for a CIA-supplied fake ‘hero’, to see the facts.

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