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Venezuela's Failed Uprising: How a Deal to Oust Maduro Unraveled

  • Senior regime aides said to have agreed to recognize Guaido
  • Wife of ex-intelligence chief flew to U.S. Sunday night
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Maybe Venezuela’s most famous political prisoner, Leopoldo Lopez, was the thread that unraveled it all.

The overthrow that sputtered began when opposition lawmaker Juan Guaido tried to spark an uprising in Caracas on Tuesday, standing not only with masked soldiers who had defected but Lopez, his mentor and a cult figure in some circles. That dramatic turn sent a signal that this wasn’t mere posturing. To many watching, it seemed the opposition plan to replace President Nicolas Maduro was finally moving swiftly forward.