Venezuelan authorities release detained US journalist

BREAKING: Venezuela expels German ambassador for backing Guaido

BREAKING: Venezuela expels German ambassador for backing Guaido

Sherry Weddle first learned about her son's detention this morning from his contacts in Caracas, including someone in touch with his housekeeper.

She recalled the EU's leading role in setting up the worldwide contact group, where she said Germany plays an "active" role.

Virginia Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine were among numerous lawmakers who urged for Weddle's "swift and safe release by Venezuelan authorities".

Venezuelan security forces detained a US freelance reporter and his Venezuelan assistant Wednesday for questioning before both men were released, according to the nation's union for journalists and local media. "The truth is the only way Maduro clings to power is with the brutality of his supporters and with the help he receives from communist Cuba", Pence said.

Venezuela's Ministry of Communication declined to comment. Venezuela's National Union of Press Workers (SNTP) confirmed the detention and said Weddle would be deported. The young man is the seventh journalist to be detained since last week. Last week Univision anchor Jorge Ramos and his crew were held while interviewing the country's embattled president, Nicolás Maduro.

Camacho was released at around 6:30 p.m., a few hours before Weddle was released.

Mexican journalist Jorge Ramos looks on before receiving the excellence award at the Gabriel Garcia Marquez journalism awards in Medellin, on September 29, 2017.

Kimberly Breier, the U.S. assistant secretary of state for hemispheric affairs, had earlier demanded Weddle's 'immediate release, ' charging that Maduro 'prefers to stifle the truth rather than face it'. "Being a journalist is not a crime".

A USA journalist who was detained in Venezuela on Wednesday was released and deported hours later.

Germany, the United States and more than 50 other countries have recognized Guaido as Venezuela's interim leader in the wake of an election past year riddled with irregularities in which Maduro claimed a second term.

In a statement, Bolton announced that the US would start examining foreign financial institutions to determine whether they provide serves with the Maduro regime.

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

The U.S. visas of other Venezuelan officials and their relatives have been revoked.

The U.S.is pursuing new diplomatic and economic initiatives to support Guaido's bid for a transitional government in Venezuela, National Security Adviser John Bolton said Wednesday.

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