Accusations that an American documentary filmmaker was posing as a U.S. spy in Venezuela are "ridiculous," if you believe President Obama, who according to Venezuelan President Nicholas Maduro is the "chief of the devils." Did you catch all of that? Here's the whole story.
Tim Tracy is a 35-year-old documentary filmmaker from Michigan who was arrested at the Caracas airport on his way back to the U.S. on April 24, accused of attempting to incite a civil war and destabilize Venezuela's government. Venezuelan officials insist Tracy was involved with "acts of violence" after the April 14 presidential election, by way of financing student protestors. The New York Times spoke with those student protestors, and they had no idea what Venezuelan officials were talking about. Tracy was filming a documentary to show both sides of Venezuela's political divide — he had spoken to opposition voices and pro-Chavez/Maduro voices — and then he got taken into custody.
Which catches us up to this weekend. Tracy is still being held. President Obama visited Mexico and Costa Rica, and during an interview with Telemundo in San Jose, Obama called the charges "ridiculous" and connected the incident with a pattern of "rhetoric." The case will apparently be handled privately rather than government-to-government, because, well, the Obama administration is very, very far from seeing eye-to-eye with the new Venezuelan leadership.