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The United States Sanctions Maduro-Aligned Officials Of Venezuela’s Military Counterintelligence Agency Priority

U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of State

The United States Sanctions Maduro-aligned Officials of Venezuela’s Military Counterintelligence Agency

On July 19, the United States sanctioned four officials of the Maduro-aligned General Directorate of Military Counterintelligence, known as DGCIM, pursuant to E.O. 13692, as amended, for being current or former Maduro-aligned officials.  They are Division General Rafael Ramon Blanco Marrero, Colonel Hannover Esteban Guerrero Mijare, Major Alexander Enrique Granko Arteaga, and Colonel Rafael Antonio Franco Quintero.

Nicolas Maduro and his associates continue their involvement in human rights abuses and promote those who carry out these abuses, in spite of the findings and recommendations of the UN’s Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) July 5 report.  For example, Blanco was promoted to the rank of Division General just six days after Venezuelan Navy Captain Acosta’s alleged torture and death while in the custody of Maduro’s security forces.

Similar to the OHCHR report, Human Rights Watch and NGO Foro Penal reported in January on the use of asphyxiation, electric shocks, food deprivation, and death threats against soldiers accused of plotting against Maduro.  Additionally, last week there were reports that ten female prisoners in DGCIM custody were taken from their cells and moved to an unknown location.  Their whereabouts remain unknown.

Meanwhile, 107 military officers are listed by Foro Penal as political prisoners of the former Maduro regime.

Venezuelans deserve a government that honors and respects its military and security forces and empowers them to uphold the constitution.

The United States will stand by interim President Juan Guaido and the National Assembly until all the people of Venezuela are free from repression and democracy is restored.


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Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting With Chilean Foreign Minister Ribera

U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of State

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:‎

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo met today in Buenos Aires, Argentina with Chilean Foreign Minister Teodoro Ribera, on the margins of the Second Western Hemisphere Counterterrorism Ministerial. Secretary Pompeo thanked Chile for its decisive leadership to address the ongoing crisis in Venezuela. The Secretary and the Foreign Minister agreed on further steps to defend democracy and human rights in the region. Secretary Pompeo commended Chile for chairing APEC during 2019, culminating in the Leadership Summit in November, and reaffirmed the two nations’ shared commitment to free market principles and transparency in commercial relations.

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Assistant Secretary Manisha Singh Travels To Florida

U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of State

Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs Manisha Singh is on travel to Florida, July 19–22, to attend OneWeb Satellites’ Facility Grand Opening and participate in events commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing.

On July 22, the Assistant Secretary will go to Meritt Island and deliver remarks at the OneWeb Satellites Grand Opening.  OneWeb Satellites is the world’s first-ever, high-volume satellite manufacturing facility.  Located in Exploration Park, near the Kennedy Space Center, the facility is expected to directly generate 250 new high-tech jobs and support 3,000 more jobs indirectly.  At the event, Assistant Secretary Singh will speak about the State Department’s role in the commercial use of space and space traffic management.  She will highlight the celebration as an important milestone in innovation, U.S. manufacturing, job creation, and investment.

As a member of the National Space Council, the State Department is working across the U.S. government and with the private sector to explore the future of international space commerce and how commercial and international partnerships will develop and define the space economy.  The goal is to encourage a business environment that supports rapid innovation and expansion of the commercial space economy by removing regulatory barriers that might hinder enterprises from expanding into international markets.  Toward this end, the State Department, together with the Commerce Department, co-hosted the first Space Enterprise Summit in Washington, D.C. on June 26–27, 2019.

For more information, please contact the Economic and Business Affairs Bureau’s public diplomacy office or follow us on Twitter @EconAtState.


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True Crime: WANTED, By Bill White

Campaign begins just ahead of the worldwide release of Bill White's upcoming book, WANTED

WANTED by Bill White

WANTED by Bill White

As reported by WireNews, Dina Kousta, a ‘Security Investigator’ working for the US Government appears to be actively involved in what can only be described as a ‘dirty tricks’ campaign just ahead of the publication of Bill White’s book, WANTED.

Passport and Identity Fraud Expert Reveals The True Story of How He Evaded US Capture And Wound Up With A Life Sentence

by Bill White
Publisher: Origin of Books
ISBN-13: 978-1077144156

Have you ever wondered how to get a false US passport? Really? Not even once?

Okay, for the honest people reading this who answered that question “yes”, WANTED, by Bill White — a straight-forward account by a passport fraudster, who obtained and used his ‘fake’ passport for more than 13 years is for you.

Bill White is WANTED.

In WANTED, White tells his readers exactly how and why he did what he did and he explains how he was ‘caught’ and how he beat the US Government but ultimately wound up with a Life Sentence for passport fraud.



About the Author
Bill White is a Jewish American, the founding CEO of, a journalist and relentless entrepreneur who enjoys painting, sailing and trading Forex. You will find Bill online @realbillwhite on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


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Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting With Bahamas Foreign Minister Henfield

U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of State

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:‎

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met today with Bahamas Foreign Minister Darren Henfield in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The two discussed bilateral security cooperation through Operation Bahamas, Turks & Caicos and the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative, and the Secretary expressed appreciation for the role The Bahamas has played in making the Caribbean safer. The Secretary also thanked the Foreign Minister for the strong leadership of The Bahamas in preserving democracy in the region, particularly in Venezuela and Nicaragua.

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