"There are ministers here, buddy, you do not even know what they do. And most likely, they're stealing, Palacios, because they think this is going to crumble."
The big scandal in Venezuela right now is the release of a recording of conversations between a Cuban intelligence officer and a Chavez media ally, discussing, among other things, a potential coup.
The conservations reveal once again just how much the Bolivarian revolution is a Castro handpuppet that provides free oil to Cuba in exchange for helping them rig elections. Not that Fidel Castro ever understood the point of even having elections.
Mario Silva, a Chavez man, is discussing Venezuelan politics with Aramis Palacio, a Cuban intelligence officer. First Silva complains that he thinks Maduro, Chavez's successor, is being manipulated by his wife, Cilia Flores.
I have fear, Palacios, Nicholas, first, is being manipulated by Cilia.
This is a continent of warlords, man, and the woman has to be in the shade. For many mystical and spiritual reasons, the Venezuelan woman loves the man of power.
Chavez, with his wife, or that he had, I do not care whether or not he had had, was a mystery man for women because he had two divorces, and always was a man who liked women very much. And that increased his popularity. And I told him on a trip to Hanoi: Damn, will someone tell Nicolas that no longer display Cilia? The man remains the leader, and not "Here is my wife, I give her a kiss," and so forth. This is not an American campaign, this is a Latin American campaign.
Questioner (PALACIOS): Can we assess that all these behaviors at odds with the tradition of ...?
MARIO SILVA: Sure, sure!
Then Palacios and Silva discussed the Venezuelan election system, the CNE...
My Comandante Fidel told me on one occasion, and he has to remember, because that was one of the meetings I had with him. He said he did not understand why Comandante Chavez still was not finished with bourgeois elections.
Because the people were wrong and I absolutely agree. I absolutely and totally agree. The choices here, as raised, can destroy the Revolution.
In fact, we are thinking, and yesterday we had an intelligence meeting with two Cuban comrades, two Cuban officials at Fort Tiuna. And one of the things I posed to them was ...
And I asked a question of the Cuban comrades yesterday: And if ... Let's take another scenario... what if they have the ability to modify the results at the CNE?
Because there is an issue, Palacios. We ourselves put the sword of Damocles, saying that the CNE is impregnable.
Then Palacios and Silva discuss various factions in the regime, which have to be blocked and which have to be supported, and Silva warns that the situation is dire
MARIO SILVA: There are ministers here, buddy, you do not even know what they do. And most likely, they're stealing, Palacios, because they think this is going to crumble.