Bolton denies United States involvement in Maduro assassination plot


Authorities have identified the masterminds of the apparent drone assassination attempt on Venezuelan President Nicola Maduro, as well as the people who assisted them, Attorney General Tarek William Saab said Monday. In this case, Maduro wasn't targeted by a lone gunman or any person at all - his "attacker" was a pair of explosive-carrying drones.

Assassination attempt or not, Glenn couldn't get past the way Maduro's celebrating military panicked and ran for their lives moments after hearing the explosion, which you can see in the video below.

This isn't the first armed drone attack, either.

The attack on the Venezuelan president took place during a ceremony to commemorate the 81st anniversary of the Bolivarian National Guard, in Caracas. Maduro escaped unharmed, but seven National Guard soldiers were injured.

Maduro appeared on national TV hours later to speak about the investigation and arrests.

"Everything points to the Venezuelan ultra-right in alliance with the Colombian ultra-right, and that the name of Juan Manuel Santos is behind this attack". Venezuela's government also accused members of the opposition party of playing a role in the attack.

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U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton said on Sunday that there was no U.S. government involvement in the recent assassination plot against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

However, he asserted the "intellectual authors" and financiers behind the plan are resident in Florida.

In response, Mr Bolton said: "If the government of Venezuela has hard information that they want to present to us that would show a potential violation of U.S. criminal law, we'll take a serious look at it". "On Saturday, I was doing more important things, baptizing my heavenly granddaughter".

The Venezuelan government has long blamed Colombia for plotting overthrows, and far-right elements in Bogota and Miami for attempting to undercut Maduro.

CNN's Stefano Pozzebon reported from Caracas and Eliott C. McLaughlin and Joe Sterling wrote from Atlanta.