Jordan Goudreau, a U.S. Army Green Beret veteran who plotted to topple Venezuela’s president, supports Cliver Alcalá, a former Venezuelan commander. Alcalá pleaded guilty to terrorism in New York and will be sentenced on January 18, 2024. Goudreau, who trained Venezuelan military deserters for the 2020 unsuccessful cross-border operation Operation Gideon, wrote to the court that Alcalá was a patriot and family guy who deserved a lighter punishment. Goudreau highlights their Colombian living situations and Alcalá’s humanitarianism.
Failed Venezuelan Coup: Green Beret Veteran’s Support for General Alcalá in Terrorism Case
The Associated Press uncovered in 2020 that Venezuelan military deserters were trained in Colombian jungle camps to overthrow President Nicolás Maduro. The raid failed, arresting two Green Beret veterans and killing eight Venezuelans. Over two decades ago, Alcalá was indicted for cocaine trafficking and faces a maximum of 30 years in prison.
Goudreau’s letter stresses Alcalá’s service and downplays their coup preparations. Alcalá’s defense seeks a lower sentence based on his devotion to late Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez and his opposition to Maduro. Alcalá’s guilty plea to support a terrorist group was based on superior commands, they say.
This failed Alcalá insurrection was part of bigger Maduro overthrow efforts. Alcalá tried an armed revolt in 2017 and joined Juan Guaidó’s democratic opposition in 2020. Three-time Bronze Star recipient Goudreau described Alcalá as a patriot driven by ideas rather than self-interest. Alcalá’s arrest and collaboration with the U.S. derailed the preparations, and Goudreau’s colleagues Luke Denman and Airan Berry were captured.
Green Beret Veteran’s Role in Venezuelan Coup Plot
No criminal charges have been filed against Goudreau despite FBI inquiries into his residence and the $50,000 seizure. The botched raid revealed the plot’s complexity and strained connections between Goudreau and political strategist J.J. Rendon, who hired him. Goudreau and Guaidó’s main adviser Rendon fought about their contract.
Goudreau’s support for Alcalá’s sentencing, and the complex relationships of the plotters against Venezuela’s president.