Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has lashed out against former Spanish [Socialist] Prime Minister Felipe González, calling him “a lobbyist” who has joined a “Madrid-Bogota conspiracy” aimed at overthrowing his government.The lobbyist charge being;
...the Venezuela president on Tuesday claimed that González was once “thrown out of Miraflores” presidential palace by the late President Hugo Chávez “around 2005 or 2006.”
Maduro explained that González tried to convince Chávez to sell the Venezuelan state-owned telephone company Cantv to a company the former prime minister was representing.Which was the property of Verizon until it was nationalized by Maduro's predecessor Hugo Chavez in 2005.
What's really going on is that the former Spanish PM has decided that Maduro is such an embarrassment to the Spanish-speaking world, that he was going to assume the legal defense of all those opposition-Venezuelans imprisoned by Maduro. Who decided the best defense would be something like the Latimore Offense.
So President Maduro has his colleagues who are visiting in Spain, bad mouth the ex-PM;
...four deputies from the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), who were in Madrid, denounced González’s “interference” in their country’s internal affairs.
At a news conference at the Venezuelan Embassy, one of the lawmakers, Darío Vivas, charged that some Spanish sectors were “seeking impunity” for the jailed opposition leaders. “How can you free a corrupt, fascist and repressive man like Antonio Ledezma?” Vivas asked.Well, you can try to marshall support from Spanish-speaking statesmen;
González told Cadena SER that he had spoken with former presidents Julio María Sanguinetti of Uruguay, Ricardo Lagos of Chile, and Fernando Henrique Cardoso of Brazil about creating an international front to work to free the political prisoners.The political prisoners held in Venezuel's prisons.