An ex-Green Beret main a ragtag military on a failed attempt to oust Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro: It’s a story filled with sufficient motion for Hollywood — and it’s true.
Bronze Star recipient Jordan Goudreau hatched his simple-but-misguided plan final 12 months, hoping to substitute Maduro with opposition chief Juan Guaidó,
Goudreau, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, figured some 300 closely armed volunteer troopers would sneak into Venezuela from Colombia and raid Venezuela’s navy bases one after the other — sparking a preferred rebel that will topple Maduro, an Related Press investigation discovered.
The previous soldier discovered an unlikely companion in Cliver Alcalá, a Venezuelan navy deserter and suspected narcoterrorist, who offered the troopers.
Goudreau, 43, mounted his sights on Venezuela in 2019 after attending a live performance there in help of Guaidó, who the U.S. and 60 different nations acknowledged because the nation’s rightful chief after a fraud-riddled election the 12 months earlier than.
Goudreau bragged about having a connection to President Donald Trump, however the AP discovered no indication that the U.S. backed Goudreau or that the White Home approved any covert operations in opposition to Maduro.
To Goudreau, who now runs a safety agency in Florida, his name to arms was excellent. As an alternative, the plot crashed and burned.
In early March, Colombian police arrested among the volunteer troopers. The remainder, broke and frightened about contracting coronavirus, fled their camps and blamed Goudreau for main them astray.