He swears he is innocent and has done nothing wrong. That the recorded conversation between him and a Lieutenant Colonel from Cuban State Security discussing how to ensure Venezuela remains under dictatorial rule was all fabricated by Israel’s Mossad. Nevertheless, the “innocent” Mario Silva has gone off the air.
Venezuela TV host goes off air after audio scandal
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A prominent Venezuelan talk show host has gone off the air after allegedly being caught on tape discussing politics inside Venezuela’s ruling party with a Cuban intelligence official.
Mario Silva, whose show on state TV features verbal attacks against the socialist government’s opponents, said that he would go on sick leave for “several days.”
The announcement on his programme “La Hojilla” (The Razor Blade) late Monday came hours after opposition lawmaker Ismael Garcia released a recording in which Silva purportedly is heard discussing divisions in the government following the death of President Hugo Chavez.
Garcia said Silva was talking to a Cuban intelligence official he identified as Lieutenant Colonel Aramis Palacios. Garcia didn’t say when the conversation was recorded or how he obtained it.
Silva said the recording was “absolutely fake” and suggested it had been put together by editing clips from his show, which has been on the air for nine years.
“I’m going to be off the air for a few days,” Silva said on the late-night show. “But let me tell you something: I insist I don’t owe anyone an apology, because I haven’t done anything that isn’t revolutionary.”
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