Rights group condemns Maduro’s spying

Human Rights Foundation says it strongly condemns the large-scale surveillance campaign conducted by the Venezuelan government against members of the democratic opposition.

A journalistic investigation revealed that a group of intelligence agents, acting under direct instructions from President Nicolás Maduro, has unlawfully wiretapped phone conversations, and hacked text messages and email communications of prominent opposition figures such as Henrique Capriles, María Corina Machado, Henry Ramos Allup and Julio Borges.

“This new exposé comes as no surprise from a regime that decades ago merged its intelligence services with that of Cuba, the Western Hemisphere’s only totalitarian country, which set up its repressive intelligence apparatus with help from the Stasi,” said Thor Halvorssen, president of the Human Rights Foundation. “These practices need to stop, although there is little hope of this actually happening given that Maduro and his cronies have long abandoned any consideration for the rule of law,” he added.

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