US journalist reported freed in Venezuela

April FrancisMar 09, 2019

Local 10 reported on Twitter that Weddle was questioned about a February 25 segment he had produced for them. She said that one of the men showed her an order to raid Weddle's apartment, that the order came from a military tribunal and that the journalist was being accused of "betraying the homeland".

She said to CNN that she was, "very, very, very anxious", about him.

An American citizen who working as a journalist in Venezuela has been freed after being detained by security forces early Wednesday.

It wasn't clear why he was detained.

Neither Venezuela's public prosecutors office nor the armed forces press office responded to requests for comment about Weddle.

Virginia-born Weddle has worked as a journalist in Venezuela for more than four years.

"He didn't say anything", said the building's doorman, Juan Jose Araque.

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The Venezuelan government believed that Washington's approval of Guaido as the country's interim leader aimed to oust the current administration, and open up its vast oil reserves as well as gold deposits to USA corporations.

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, who many nations have recognised as the country's rightful interim ruler, talks to the media before a session of Venezuela's National Assembly in Caracas, Venezuela March 6, 2019.

According to the National Union of Press Workers, Weddle, Ramos, and their team members joined almost three dozen other reporters and journalists Maduro has arrested, detained, manhandled, and deported just in the last two months. He arrived in the country as an English-language correspondent for state-run network Telesur. Weddle's assistant, Carlos Camacho, was also taken into custody. "They did not provide further details".

Florida Governor Rick Scott said via Twitter that it was "completely unacceptable for @NicolasMaduro and his thugs to detain @WPLGLocal10's Cody Weddle for reporting on the successful return of the legitimate Venezuelan President @jguaido". He had been detained by security services at his home, the union said.

Following the pair's arrest, the US, which says Maduro's presidency is illegitimate, had demanded that the government release them.

The U.S. visas of other Venezuelan officials and their relatives have been revoked.

Attempts by Local 10 management to reach Weddle, 29, have proven unsuccessful. "They wanted to know what kind of military people I've spoken to, what type of opposition politicians I know ... who were the opposition politicians I spoke to in the past few days".

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