Indeed, as it turns out, Cuba seems to have been grooming him for just such a post for many years. Mr. Montaner based his reporting on the testimony of an alleged former Cuban agent who says that Mr. Maduro attended Cuba’s special school for political leadership, Escuela Ñico López, in the 1980s. “Judging from this information,” Mr. Montaner writes, Mr. Maduro is “an old collaborator of Castro intelligence. Because of that, Raúl Castro convinced Hugo Chávez that he was his natural heir.” All that’s left now is the formality.
El Horizonte has the video interview with the Cuban agent; here is part 1,