Venezuela charges alleged U.S. spy with terrorism

Venezuela’s Attorney General Tarek William Saab gives a press conference in Caracas, Venezuela. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

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UPDATED 7:08 AM PT – Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Venezuelan officials are charging an alleged U.S. spy with terrorism and weapons trafficking after detaining him near an oil refinery.

On Monday, Venezuela’s top prosecutor announced the charges against Matthew John Heath after claiming he plotted attacks on the country’s oil industry and electricity system.

Heath was arrested last week with three Venezuelan nationals, one of whom was a member of the military. They were caught with bags of money and “specialized weapons.”

“The U.S. citizen did not have a passport that showed a formal entry to the country…he entered illegally,” stated Tarek Saab, Venezuelan chief prosecutor. “This citizen had a satellite phone that he refused to unlock, the U.S. citizen was found with photographic images of oil facilities.”

Venezuela claims Heath has ties to the CIA, but the State Department has yet to confirm or deny the allegations. Officials in Washington, D.C. are investigating the situation.

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