A real conspiracy to overthrow Maduro is behind the arrests of several active military in the last months, according to Bloomberg’s Ethan Bronner, Andrew Rosati, and Fabiola Zerpa. The failed plot, code-named Operation Constitution, wanted to capture Maduro and put him on trial. Bloomberg reporters interviewed one escaped conspirator, who claims the plot was betrayed by a double agent. The government has been trying to link opposition leader Maria Corina Machado with the plot, but Bloomberg’s source denies that link.
“Bottom line,” says Bloomberg Businessweek, “A military coup to topple Venezuelan President Maduro -the most serious threat he’s faced in his five years in office- was quashed when dozens of plotters were arrested.”