Venezuela: Timothy Tracy released
By the time today’s podcast aired, Tracy was apparently on his was way to the USA:
Venezuela Frees,Then Deports U.S. Filmmaker
A U.S. filmmaker was freed from a Venezuelan prison and expelled from the country, local officials said Wednesday, more than a month after he was arrested on charges of plotting against the new administration of President Nicolás Maduro.
“The gringo, Timothy Tracy, caught spying in our country, has been expelled from national territory,” said a post on Interior Minister Miguel Rodriguez’s Twitter account. The message was confirmed by a ministry spokesman, who declined to give further details.
The release of Timothy Tracy, 35, was secured with the help of former U.S. Rep. William Delahunt, who has long worked to improve often strained U.S.-Venezuelan ties and was hired by Tracy’s family as an attorney in the case.
The expulsion came just as Secretary of State John Kerry was to meet with Venezuelan Foreign Minister Elias Jaua on the sidelines of a regional gathering in Guatemala to discuss relations between the two countries, which have been without ambassadors since 2010.
That’s the OAS meeting.
Last week Tracy had been transferred notoriously violent Rodeo prison, where hundreds had died in a 2011 riot.