Venezuela Releases American Journalist After Full Day in Custody

Venezuela Releases American Journalist After Full Day in Custody

Venezuela Releases American Journalist After Full Day in Custody

USA journalist Cody Weddle was held for more than 12 hours by Venezuela's security services, Miami-based Local 10 news broadcaster reported on Wednesday.

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His mother, Sherry, said the family was told of his capture by his contacts in Venezuela, including someone who was told by her Weddle's housekeeper.

Venezuelan military counterintelligence agents detained American journalist Cody Weddle and his Venezuelan colleague, Carlos Camacho, early on Wednesday, Venezuela's National Press Workers Union said on Twitter. "He said he's fine", she said.

Officials at the State Department said they are aware of the journalist's detainment.

WPLG, one of the outlets for which Weddle worked, added that he was at the main Caracas-area airport waiting for a US -bound flight.

He added that Germany will continue to recognize Mr. Guaido as Venezuela's legitimate interim president and support him in holding fresh elections.

Weddle, who recently covered Guaido's return to the country for Miami television station WPLG Local 10 News, was arrested at his home on charges of treachery, according to free speech group Espacio Publico.

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An American journalist was reportedly detained in Venezuela on Wednesday morning - and hasn't been heard from since.

They tried to pressure Weddle into generating some pro-Maduro propaganda as well, guiding his answers while they videotaped his responses.

Florida Sens. Marco Rubio and Rick Scott, as well a number of South Florida officials, condemned Weddle's detention and cheered his release.

"Being a journalist is not a crime", tweeted Kimberly Breier, assistant Secretary of State for the Western Hemisphere.

Weddle, a Virginia native, has been living and working in Venezuela since 2014, according to WPLG.

The possible U.S. sanctions against financial institutions working with Venezuela are the tools aimed at imposing a blockade on resources belonging to Venezuelans, the South American country's Deputy Foreign Minister, William Castillo, said.

"Despite the tense and complex political context, the European Union has been keen to maintain lines of communication with all key parties including the government", Kocijancic said.

"It appears I will not be coming back to Venezuela, but maybe I can tell the story from somewhere else", Weddle said.

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