It bears noting that last week, after Ismael García tweeted that Carvajal had run off to the U.S. alongside a defecting Supreme Tribunal magistrate, the magistrate turned up in Caracas and proved the story wrong. But Carvajal?…he hasn’t even said “this mouth is mine”. Meanwhile, very well clued-in reporters tell us he’s been busy saying his goodbyes.
Is Diosdado seriously trying to tell us that if they had the guy but he’d broken a leg after a parachute jump, they wouldn’t trot him out, cast and all, in front of the cameras!?
And then he follows the crazy parachute-accident alibi with even crazier stuff about a gringo kidnapping. It makes no sense, except as an after-the-fact excuse for the fact that the guy slipped through their fingers.
We should be clear, General Carvajal is not the kind of foot-soldier whose cooperation you would seek to incriminate the higher-ups. He is the higher-up. Though far from a household name, he was director of Military Intelligence as recently as last December, and he was named, alongside now Defense Minister Rangel Silva, in the Treasury Department’s list of drug kingpins in 2008 for his support for FARC. We’re talking about a big fish here, a guy with intimate first hand knowledge of the detail of the Bolivarian drug racket.
And Diosdado’s account of his whereabouts is, to say the least, extremely peculiar.