This is an insane story with endless finger pointing. Here’s what we know so far. Luke Denman, and Airan Berry are both US citizens. Additionally, they are both former Green Berets. They were captured at sea attempting to lead an incursion in Venezuela.
Berry, 41, was a special forces engineer Sergeant. He served in both Kosovo, and Iraq. Denman, 34, was a special forces communications Sergeant. He deployed to Iraq while serving in the Reserves.
Also involved is Jordan Goudreau, 43. Goudreau is the founder of Silvercorp, a private security firm. Some refer to them as mercenaries. In the same vein, Goudreau was a special forces medical Sergeant, awarded 3 Bronze Stars. This is where things get much more complicated…
Silvercorp tweeted that a strikeforce was invading Venezuela, even tagging President Trump. Silvercorp eventually deleted the tweet, along with their whole Twitter account. Clearly, this is an extremely bizarre occurrence.
Maduro’s government claims they killed 8 people in the raid. Furthermore, they also claim to have detained 13 combatants. They also accuse the US of being behind the failed incursion.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had a stern response, “If we had been involved, it would have gone differently.” Additionally, Pompeo said they would not be releasing any additional information just yet.
There are reports that the former Green Berets completely botched the raid. Apparently, they had an airlift rifle when captured. Furthermore, that they landed during the daytime with unencrypted radios.
Silvercorp claims Juan Guaidó hired them. Guaidó is the Venezuelan opposition leader, and denies these claims. Goudreau also claims Guaidó stiffed him on the $1.5 million alleged bounty.
As the smoke settles we will keep you updated. This story is still developing and new facts will be revealed. Hopefully, we will soon get to the bottom of this debacle.
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