Published: May 5, 2020  Updated: May 5, 2020 at 9:30 am EST

According to Maduro, two Americans attempted to infiltrate the Venezuelan government and were caught in the act. Maduro is claiming that the two Americans captured were apart of a group of ‘mercenaries’ whom were attempting to kill him.

“The United States government is fully and completely involved in this defeated raid,” Maduro said, praising members of a fishing village for cornering one group in the sweep netting the “professional American mercenaries.”

The two U.S. citizens arrested Monday were identified as as Luke Denman and Airan Berry, both former U.S. special forces soldiers. Florida-based ex-Green Beret Jordan Goudreau said earlier Monday that he was working with the two men in a mission intending to detain Maduro and “liberate” Venezuela.

Goudreau has claimed responsibility for the operation. The two served in Iraq and Afghanistan with him in the U.S. military, Goudreau said, adding that they were part of this alleged mission in Venezuela called “Operation Gideon.” The aim was to capture Maduro.

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