False defectors and other tricks: the insistence of the Venezuelan regime to use the military as spies in Colombia and other countries

Nicolás Maduro in an act with the military
Nicolás Maduro in an act with the military

On the night of June 26, in the Siete de Agosto neighborhood of Bogotá, Colombian intelligence agencies captured Ramón Rodríguez Guerrero, to whom they plan to impute crimes, such as falsification of a public document and migrant smuggling. But she is not a person of interest to the country just for those reasons, but for something much more complex and that has been a common procedure of the Venezuelan regime for years: implant spies to obtain key information.

One of the things that caught the attention of New Granada officials was the entry and exit of Venezuelans, including military deserters, from the house. They watched her for months and observed that she gave migrants hot dog carts to sell on the streets.

Although Rodríguez Guerrero said he was born in the department of Arauca and even for the last five years he took out a false Colombian ID, almost immediately they detected the lie when they asked him to sing the national anthem and the man did not get even the unfading word, having to admit that he is Venezuelan. With the false identity, he managed to obtain a passport and constantly traveled to Panama, from where it is easier to travel directly to Caracas, even with a stopover in Cuba.

Rodríguez was posing as a radical opponent of Nicolás Maduro, but the Colombian Government detected that He is not only the brother of a leader of Chavismo but he himself is sympathetic to the Bolivarian revolution and would have links with the guerrilla group, the National Liberation Army (ELN) in Apure, where he would have relatives, according to the newspaper revealed The viewer from Colombia.

The identity documents that Rodríguez Guerrero carried did not pass the test, even when they were supported by a Colombian birth certificate, whose folio number had been copied from another document. The same style used in Venezuela, to give documentation to people from other countries, especially at the time when Hugo César Cabezas Bracamonte was at the head of the National Identification and Immigration Office (Onidex).

Rojas Castillo at the time of being expelled from Colombia
Rojas Castillo at the time of being expelled from Colombia

Another spy

After a year of monitoring him, in early June, the Colombian Army arrested the Venezuelan military Gerardo José Rojas Castillo, who entered Colombia requesting refuge and actually would be providing espionage services to the Venezuelan regime; This occurred on the highway between the city of Valledupar and the department of La Guajira, on the Colombian-Venezuelan border.

In the communiqué issued by the Colombian Army, they highlighted that “at the time of their apprehension, this person he had in his possession documents that accredit him as an active military man in the rank of second sergeant ”.

In an alcabala located at a point called La Ye de Corazones, Rojas Castillo, who, in the opinion of Colombian Intelligence, was in that territory to spy on military units, especially in the departments of La Guajira and Cesar, was arrested.

The Colombian authorities said that the S2 Rojas had a juice stall in front of the Army’s military installations “and later managed to enter a Valledupar Transport company as a security guard, which made it easy to monitor the external movements of the Tenth Armored Brigade”.

One of the most striking facts is that the officer received military training from the General Directorate of Military Counterintelligence (Digecim), among them the courses of hunter, Special Forces or the Caribbean, parachutist, command and conduction, and infiltration.

Although it has been said that Rojas Castillo entered Colombian territory, along with the military of February 23, 2019, who were to accompany the entry of Humanitarian Aid, the truth is that among the large number of uniformed personnel who supported the interim government , none remembers it neither by sight, treatment or communication.

Colonel Vásquez Mora with Leopoldo López's sister
Colonel Vásquez Mora with Leopoldo López’s sister

Also Spain

In early 2016, several Venezuelans asked the Spanish government to investigate the espionage activity of the then Lieutenant Colonel. José Rafael Vásquez Mora, who was an official at the Venezuelan embassy in Madrid and had infiltrated opposition groups that carried out activities, against the government of Nicolás Maduro, especially the Association of Venezuelan Students in Spain, the Democratic Platform of Venezuelans in Madrid and the Civil Association of Venezuelans.

Spain complained and finally 16 military personnel accredited as diplomatic personnel of Venezuela in that country had to leave Spain, among them Vásquez Mora, who was serving as an officer attached to the Defense Attaché, but was posing as an opposition student, using false names, such as Sebastián Urdaneta.

A retired lieutenant responding to the name of Edmelcar Delgado was key to unmasking Vásquez Mora, in addition to revealing that, in Spain, the United States, Panama and Colombia, the work of the military attachés in the embassies is that of monitoring of opponents to the Venezuelan regime.

There are large numbers of military and civilians discovered as spies in the service of the Venezuelan regime. One of the most emblematic cases was what happened with those who went to Cúcuta in support of Juan Guaidó, to the list were added several military or intelligence policemen who provided services to pass information to the security forces in Venezuela.

Even long after the Cúcuta groups had dissolved, several of the spies had tried to influence their needs by presenting them with not inconsiderable offers, to return to Venezuela, where intelligence bodies such as Sebin or Dgcim acted as intermediaries for them. Remove the sanctions, in exchange they must record a video saying that Guaidó betrayed them, including pointing out that several leaders of the Venezuelan opposition were involved in conspiracy.

One of the revelations that General Cliver Alcalá made, before the DEA took him to the United States, is that when he was in charge of the camps, they became aware of several spies of the Venezuelan regime, whom they expelled from them.


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