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Leader of Failed Maduro Coup Hanging out in Florida

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Goudreau was not acting on behalf of the U.S. when he tried to overthrow Maduro. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 01 July 2020 01:14 PM

Since former Green Beret Jordan Goudreau’s plan to overthrow the Venezuelan government failed, he has been laying low in Florida, Bloomberg Businessweek reports.

Goudreau wasn’t arrested for the heist attempt he called “Operación Gedeón” back in May. He wasn’t even in Venezuela when he took credit for the botched job on a video that circulated on social media. 

By the time his video was posted, Venezuelan authorities reported they killed eight of rebels and arrested 57 others. Two of the people picked up by law enforcement were ex-Army friends of Goudreau’s who were captured at sea.

Since then, he has gone dark and is hanging out in Florida. His friends and family say they aren’t sure why he wanted to overthrow Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro.

The Trump administration hasn’t responded to the country’s demands to extradite Goudreau. The U.S. doesn’t recognize Maduro as the rightful president of the country. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Goudreau was not acting on behalf of the U.S. when he tried to overthrow Maduro.

“If we had been involved, it would have gone differently,” Pompeo said during the May 6 press conference.

His friends and family describe Goudreau differently. Some say he was grounded, others told Bloomberg Businessweek he was someone “who believes his own lies.”

After the Army, he got involved in different jobs. One idea was to provide active-shooter training in schools after a gunman shot up a South Florida high school. He formed a company Silvercorp with a friend, but the business didn’t take off.

He then turned to finding international work. One gig involved providing security for the Venezuela Aid Live concert in the Colombian border city of Cúcuta in February 2019.

After that job is when Goudreau got involved in meeting with a former Venezuelan general who introduced him to an associate of Juan Guaidó, who was looking for mercenaries to carry out the attack.

That summer, Goudreau began looking for investors to fund the combat operation that was slated to last 30 days and use 300 soldiers.

He reported to the group he found financial backers and had 1,000 fighters prepping for an invasion. A contract promised Goudreau a $1.5 million retainer and $212 million in barrels of oil if he got rid of Maduro.

The fighters in Venezuela had little supplies and training. There were not 1,000 of them and the raid was a total failure.

U.S officials are investigating Goudreau for arms trafficking, according to the AP.

His family says they haven’t spoken to him in several months. He hasn’t returned calls to the family of his friends who were captured either. 

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Since former Green Beret Jordan Goudreau’s plan to overthrow the Venezuelan government failed, he has been laying low in Florida, Bloomberg Businessweek reports.
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