All About Oil: WikiLeaks Reveals US Objectives in Caracas as Regime Change Looms

Thursday, August 3, 2017
By Paul Martin

SputnikNews.com
03.08.2017

WikiLeaks has published an excerpt from a 1988 cable between the US State Department and its Caracas embassy – “US Goals, Objectives and Resource Management for Venezuela” – which highlights the significance of Venezuela’s oil reserves to US rulers.

The cable makes clear the main goal of US-Venezuela relations is to ensure the latter continues to supply a “significant portion” of the former’s petroleum imports, and follows a “moderate and responsible” oil price position in OPEC.

The August 2 release came a mere day after US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned of “regime change” in Venezuela.

“We are evaluating all of our policy options as to what can we do to create a change of conditions where either Maduro decides he doesn’t have a future and wants to leave of his own accord or we can return the government processes back to their constitution,” Tillerson, former CEO of oil giant ExxonMobile, told a press conference.

Tillerson’s comments in turn follow similar statements in July by Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo, who acknowledged the US was working to change the elected government of Venezuela.

“I was in Mexico City and Bogota a week before last talking about this, trying to help them understand [what] they might do so they can get a better outcome for their part of the world and our part of the world. I’m always careful when we talk about South and Central America and the CIA, but suffice to say, we’re very hopeful there can be a transition in Venezuela and we [are] doing [our] best to understand the dynamic there, so that we can communicate to our State Department and to others,” he said.

Pompeo’s statement sparked an understandable outcry in Caracas, with Maduro slamming the US, Colombia and Mexico alike.

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