By Whitney Webb
CARACAS, VENEZUELA — Amid the early morning chaos of yesterday’s failed US backed coup attempt in Venezuela, Leopoldo López — the political mentor and top adviser to self-declared “Interim President” Juan Guaidó — made a startling claim to a group of international journalists gathered outside the La Carlota airbase in the Venezuelan capital of Caracas.
According to Bloomberg reporter Andrew Rosati, who was present for López’s and Guaidó’s announcement of the now-failed “military uprising,” López told him and other foreign reporters that he and Guaidó — after speaking to high-ranking government officials throughout the Americas and their political allies within Venezuela — wanted the United States government to be a part of the government they hope to install if they succeed in ousting Venezuela’s current president, Nicolás Maduro.
The claim received very little media attention, given the day’s events, despite the fact that López, long believed to be the power behind Guaidó and the architect of his rise to power, stated that Guaidó’s parallel government would aim to essentially turn the country into a colony of the United States. López…