Venezuelan Minister of Communication and Information Jorge Rodriguez said that the country’s near-total blackout has been caused by a cyber-attack against the Guri hydroelectric power plant, which provides over 70% of the nation’s electricity.
It comes @ no surprise that the US regime carried out the cyber-attack on [Guri’s] automatic control system. Rodrigues claimed the outage could have been staged by the CIA/USA.
Rodrigues said that a delegation headed by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet will visit Venezuela in the next few days and that Caracas “will show her the proof about these career criminals”.
His statement comes after Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza lashed out @ politicians close to US President Donald Trump for “celebrating” and enjoying the reckless distortion of facts in the wake of electricity supply issues facing Venezuela.
Arreaza referred to tweets by former CIA boss and US State Secretary Mike Pompeo, who denied claims that Washington had a role in Venezuela’s electricity system collapse, and claimed instead that the blackout was “the result of the Maduro regime’s incompetence”.
On Thursday, the Venezuelan national electricity supplier reported that Guri had faced deliberate sabotage, with a power outage subsequently registered in 21 out of Venezuela’s 23 states.
President Nicolas Maduro accused the US government of waging an “electricity war” against Venezuela.
Sputnik / ABC Flash Point Cyber News 2019.