A reporter for Florida news station WPLG-TV has been detained in Venezuela and is being interrogated by the country’s counterintelligence agency.
Cody Weddle’s home in Caracas was raided Wednesday morning by authorities, where his assistant, Carlos Camacho, was also taken into custody. As of this afternoon, the two men have reportedly been undergoing interrogation by counterintelligence in Venezuela. Attempts to reach Weddle by the news station have been unsuccessful.
His last on-air report came Monday on the return of opposition leader Juan Guaido’s return to the country.
Assistant Secretary Kimberly Breier made the following statement on the situation:
“The State Department is aware of and deeply concerned with reports that another U.S. journalist has been detained in Venezuela by Maduro, who prefers to stifle the truth rather than face it,” wrote Breier. “Being a journalist is not a crime. We demand the journalist’s immediate release, unharmed.”