U.S. Former Marine arrested in Venezuela for terrorism and spying but American media is totally silent about it
A U.S. secret agent is currently standing a trial in Venezuela on charges of terrorism and weapon trafficking but the American mainstream media never covered this story.
Former U.S. Marine, Matthew John Heath, plead not guilty on all charges on Wednesday. He was arrested in September outside Amuay and Cardon oil refiners and charged with terrorism and weapon trafficking. According to Venezuelan court files, at the moment of the arrest Heath had a submachine gun, a grenade launcher, C4 explosives, a satellite phone and multiple bills of $20.
Heath, who was widely reported to have been a CIA agent, also allegedly carried a small identifying coin; the CIA agents use to recognize each other without raising suspicions.
The most interesting part of all this is that no major media told the story except Reuters and local new stations in Tennessee, which is Heath’s home state. Heath is from Knoxville, Tennessee. The media silence is weird if to take into account that Heath himself claimed that he was tortured while being incarnated in Venezuela.
NBC affiliate WBIR Channel 10 say that Heath indeed went to South America to see his girlfriend in Columbia and for more boating experience after he bought a new boat. He arrived in March and was arrested three days after.
Heath’s relatives became more concerned about his location and situation after he didn’t return home event to attend some family’s occasions.
“Matthew is not a spy, he is not a terrorist,” Heath’s aunt Tracy said. “He is a decent human being.”
Heath was reportedly serving as a communication operator for the CIA in the period of 2006 and 2016. It was said that at that time he was an employee of security firm MVM.
MVM is a private security company with 800 employees and has been working closely with Washington since it was founded by three former Secret Service agents. According to business directory Dun & Bradstreet, the firm “provides security staffing and consulting services, primarily to U.S. government entities.”
The fact that the media is not covering his story nationwide means that the government is trying to cut off the ties to him, not wanting to get more attention to him and leaving him on his own. Kicking up a storm of protest would entail inviting far more scrutiny upon itself and potentially losing any plausible deniability that it is not engaged in a campaign of international terrorism against the South American nation.