Venezuela reviews relations with US for spying

CARACAS, Nov. 21 (MNA) – The Bolivarian government advanced on Fri. in the process to review relations with the US, after discovering spying practiced by the northern country against Petroleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA).

The measure was ordered on Wednesday to the Ministry of Foreign Relations by president Nicolas Maduro, during a rally of the left-wing forces held in the Eastern state of Anzoategui.

The head of State asserted he will take the necessary measures in order that the US administration apologizes to the Venezuelan people for the insult.

As Maduro explained, the United States, its intelligence agencies and its embassy in Caracas, spied for 10 years the lives of 10 thousand workers of PDVSA.

The President quoted as source a document dated March, 2011, with the label 'top secret', given them by excontractor of the National Security Agency (NSA) Edward Snowden and obtained by multinational network Telesur, which made it public.

According to the president, for a long time the northern country has the intention of sabotaging the Venezuelan oil industry in order to liquidate the Bolivarian Revolution.

No country has the right to spy another and interfere its domestic affairs, he emphasized.

According to Telesur, the document of the NSA includes high-level officials, among them, Rafael Ramirez, at the time president of PDVSA between 2004 and 2014 and present representative of Venezuela to the United Nations.

In repeated occasions, Maduro and his government have denounced US hostility, increased in March this year after the signing by President Barack Obama of a decree in which he considers the South American country as a threat to the security of the United States.

After the firm international rejection to that executive order, Caracas and Washington took the way of dialogue, but the Venezuelan part affirms that, despite this, aggressions continue.

 

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