Immediately after Venezuelan authorities arrested a group of mercenaries, reports began circulating that two of them – Luke Alexander Denman and Aaron Barry were actually part of Silvercorp USA, and both of them provided security for US President Donald Trump.
CAPTURED: U.S. mercenaries Luke Alexander Denman and Aaron Barry are in custody of the Venezuelan government. The two Silvercorp terrorists claim work security for President Trump. pic.twitter.com/jc7vwmjuTB
— Camila (@camilateleSUR) May 5, 2020
However, to make things even more ridiculous – Silvercorp on May 3rd, tweeted that they were carrying out an incursion into Venezuela with 60 individuals, and tagged Donald Trump in the tweet.
On top of it all, to add insult to injury, a journalist from RT reported on it, and the Silvercorp Twitter account responded saying that “mercenaries get paid to rid the world of Maduro shills like you.”
In a state TV appearance, Maduro said that the two Americans arrested outside Caracas were “professional mercenaries” named Luke Denman and Airan Berry, who carried ID cards for a Florida-based security contractor called Silvercorp.
Maduro equated their alleged efforts to overthrow his government to “playing Rambo” and “playing hero.”
Following that, internet users began openly mocking Silvercorp, but also uncovering that this was, in fact, not their first trip to Venezuela, they had been present when the concert in support of US-proclaimed President Juan Guaido and to promote US humanitarian aid was taking place in 2019.
The tweets and videos have since all been deleted, to attempt and cover the fiasco, however, screenshots come to the rescue:
In addition, it turned out that Denman and Barry took an airsoft gun to the alleged coup attempt.
Nothing will define our Era of Calamity better than a washed up Special Ops maniac recruiting 30 guys he found at hibachi bachelor parties in Arizona to get arrested half naked trying to do tactical imperialism in a boat your uncle’s had sitting in his driveway for 6 years.
— John Saward (@RBUAS) May 5, 2020
And airsoft guns shouldn’t be taken lightly – they hurt. But at the same time, having 62 people, out of which even some are equipped with airsoft guns would potentially prove ineffective against an army of at least 300,000 under Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s command.
Luke Denman was interviewed and a video was published:
#BREAKING| U.S. national Luke Denman identifies himself as a mercenary. He was captured by the Venezuelan Chavista people and authorities with other criminals attempting an armed naval incursion. Among the facts that he has admitted is that they were coming from Rioacha, Colombia pic.twitter.com/ts9vFMXV1P
— teleSUR English (@telesurenglish) May 6, 2020
“I was expecting anywhere between US$50,000 to US$100,000,” Denman admitted, confessing he arrived in Colombia on January 16 in Rioacha in order to train Venezuelan deserters.
Maduro said there is no doubt that Colombia’s President Ivan Duque was involved in the military incursion that U.S. mercenaries attempted to accomplish. He also confirmed that Colombian President Ivan Duque ordered the expulsion from his country of people involved in acts of destabilization in Venezuela,
“Juvenal Sequea, Hernan Aleman, and Alexander Russo -the one who armed the drone to kill me- are now in Bogota. Ivan Duque will expel them because he wants nothing to do with those who failed,” the Venezuelan leader said at a press conference from Caracas.
And these mercenaries keep coming, as on May 6th, another one – Romel Mendez simply surrendered himself to Venezuelan authorities.
Mendez first surrendered himself to Venezuelan fishermen that were active along the coast of the Aragua state; they would then turn the mercenary in to the local authorities.
Additionally, it turned out that Silvercorp assisted in the 2018 Brazil elections.
After examining the social media accounts of the company and its personnel it was revealed that they had been present during the Brazilian 2018 election, at which the U.S.-backed far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro came to power, in already controversial circumstances.
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