U.S. filmmaker accused of inciting post-vote violence in Venezuela
CARACAS — A 35-year-old filmmaker from California has been arrested by Venezuelan authorities who are accusing him of inciting postelection violence on behalf of the American government.
President Nicolas Maduro said on Thursday that he personally ordered Timothy Tracy's arrest on suspicion of “creating violence in the cities of this country.” Venezuela's interior minister said Tracy was working for American intelligence, paying right-wing youth groups to hold violent demonstrations in order to destabilize the country after Maduro's narrow election win last week.
Friends and family of Tracy told The Associated Press that he had been in Venezuela since last year making a documentary about the country, which is bitterly divided politically as the socialist heirs of the late President Hugo Chavez struggle to maintain control of a country beset by economic and political turmoil.
The Georgetown University English graduate was a story consultant on the 2009 documentary “American Harmony,” about competitive barbershop quartet singing, and produced the Discovery Channel program “Under Siege,” about terrorism and smuggling across the U.S.-Canada border, as well the History Channel series “Madhouse,” on modified race-car drivers in North Carolina.
Tracy had been detained at least twice before by Venezuela's SEBIN intelligence police. The last time was five days before the April 14 presidential election when he was taking video of a pro-government rally in the port city of Puerto Cabello, said an associate who spoke on condition of anonymity because he did not want to endanger people inside Venezuela.
The U.S. Embassy in Caracas declined comment, citing citizen privacy.
In Washington, State Department spokesman William Ostick said consular officials in Venezuela are attempting to meet and speak with Tracy.
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Vatican bureaucrats sick with power, pope says
- China to investigate ex-leader’s top aide
- ISIS counterattacks refinery
- Lottery winners share $3B pot in Spain
- French van driver carries out 3rd attack in 3 days
- ‘Early Mona Lisa’ painting traced to English noble
- Ex-Russian official warns of ‘full-fledged crisis’
- Tunisian election of political veteran Essebsi a return to regime
- Pakistan fervent about anti-blasphemy law
- Kurds bring fight to Islamic State in contested Iraqi town
- Russia says it has right to put nukes in Crimea