Another High-Ranking US Official Dimisses Allegations of Venezuela’s Support for Terrorism or Guerrillas

US Assistant Sec. for Western Hemisphere Affairs Roger Noriega, said he had no reasons to doubt General James Hill's statements denying having proof of Venezuelan links with guerrillas or terrorists

Washington, 24 Oct. The US Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs Roger Noriega, said this Friday that he “had no reasons to doubt the statements made by General James Hill” in relation to alleged links between Venezuela’s government and terrorist groups.

Noriega made these statements during a briefing to reporters about the Special Conference on Security organized by the Organization of American States (OAS) that will take place in Mexico City next week.

Earlier this week, the Commander of the Pentagon’s U.S. Southern Command (Southcom), General James T. Hill, said that they don’t have any proof to validate the allegations made by Linda Robinson in a recent U.S. News & World Report article, which claim that the Venezuelan government is collaborating with Islamic radical groups, and Colombian Guerrillas.

The statements by General Hill and now by Roger Noriega reinforce those made by general Benjamin R. Mixon, Director of Operations at the Pentagon’s U.S. Southern Command, who said on October 9th to The Miami Herald that he had no reason to believe that any country in the region is collaborating with the terrorism.

“We certainly don’t have any information that they [the Colombian guerrillas] are being supported by any other government in the region,” General Mixon said.

Information from Radio Nacional de Venezuela was used in this report