After the RCGS Resolute sunk a Venezuelan navy vessel, I was asked what i thought was going to happen next in in the One Ocean, RCGS Resolute saga…
…Could it now be that the Venezuelan navy was merely wrong, but not not totally crazy in thinking the Resolute was going to launch a mercenary invasion?
Bellingcat is reporting that the Canadian Born, ex US Army Green Beret medic Jordan Goudreau, launched a Mercenary invasion into Venezuela by sea on May 3rd and 4th, with the idea of overthrowing the Madero government. 2 boats were intercepted, with 8 killed and 2 captured on May 3rd, and another 8 including 2 US Citizens captured on the 4th. Oh yah, Goudreau was tweeting about the raid as it was happening.
but if the live tweeting of the mercenary invasion wasent stupid enough, the AP reported May 1 that the original plan was for a force of 300, trained by Silvercorp in Columbia to attack. So much for Opsec.
Silvercorp became involved after they were hired to provide security at a Pro Opposition concert on the Colombian border, organized by Richard Branson. that got Goudreau introduced to some of Juan Guaido’s people. One of those people, introduced Goudreau to Cliver Alcala.
Alcala was a retired Major General in the Venuzualian army, and ringleader of a group of deserters, who were already training in camps in Columbia. Planning for the attack began in April 2019 at the Marriot in Bogata, which is where Goudreau met Alcala and pitched Silvercorp to train them, with an estimated cost of 1.5 million.
Trying to raise a small army of mercenaries is no small task, and no government was willing to bank roll them, Funding was tight, and the men in the camps were poorly equipped, poorly supplied and poorly fed. it all fell apart in March, when one of the men was arrested crossing the border, and Colombian police stopped a truck loaded with weapons. there is evidence the Madeuro Government was aware something was afoot as early as March 24th.
So along comes the RCGS Resolute. the ship, flagged in Portugal, a country that supports opposition leader Juan Guaido – acts a bit weirdly off the coast and happens to have an upper deck loaded with black rhibs, sufficient to land ~300 people. Meanwhile the Venezuelan navy is working on the assumption that there is a mercenary attack coming in the near future with the goal of toppling the government.
the failed plot, and the plans reveled by the may 1st AP piece certainly suggest that the Venezuelan navy had reason to be suspicious of the resolute, and the governments claims that they defended against a mercenary raid – actually now seam plausible, and not the crazy claims of a crazy dictator trying to hold on to power.
So who are the masterminds behind these plans?
Goudreau retired from the Military in 2016, and worked private security in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. he formed Silvercorp USA in 2018 with the idea of charging parents 10$ a month to put ex special forces into schools posing a teachers to collect intelligence about possible school shooters, and to neutralize them should there be a shooting. Goudreau has been photographed near Trump, and his firm has provided security for Trump rallies.
Alcala is currently awaiting trial in New York on charges that he was one of the architects of a Venezualian Narcoterrorist conspiracy that allegedly sent 250tons of cocaine to the US every year. He surendered to authorities in Colombia