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With Cocaine Flowing, Push to Pry Generals From Maduro Hits Snag

  • Top officers rake in cash and refuse to heed call to defect
  • Guaido, U.S. officials start to worry as standoff drags on
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Maduro's plan B escape routes

Speaking in a hauntingly calm tone, he confessed to treason -- trying to overthrow Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. The Colombians, he said, granted him free exit and entry; the Central Intelligence Agency met with him.

Oswaldo Garcia Palomo, a fugitive retired Venezuelan National Guard colonel who had called publicly for a coup, slipped back across the border in late January to foment revolt. But, as Information Minister Jorge Rodriguez noted last week when he played the confession for reporters, Garcia was monitored the minute he arrived.