The Loudmouth and the Scorpion

0

The AP’s roundup on the latest batch of VTV Wiretap broadcasts is well worth a read.

The highlight? Mario Silva’s hilarious line of defense. The recordings, it turns out, have nothing to do with the security services. He doesn’t really know where they came from, he just picked them up after he stumbled upon them on YouTube.

In fact, Silva suspects they’re “created by opposition people who are very upset with certain decisions that are being made within the opposition”.

You catch that?

Expect Leopoldo Castillo to get rounded up an thrown in jail for illegal wiretapping any time now…

The stand-out fact about these recordings is just the utter absence of news value in any of them. Because even if – and the supuesto is very much negado – it was true that Mario Silva just happened to find these recordings on YouTube, basic journalistic ethics demands a public interest rationale for echoing what are clearly illegal recordings.

If somebody leaks you evidence of serious wrongdoing, you have a case for publishing it even if it was illegally obtained. But the biggest crime chronicled in the last batch of recordings is injudicious kvetching on the part utterly marginal oppo figures.

If the milquetoast crap Mesa de Alacranes has been putting out is the most incriminating material the government can find on us, then we have either an uncommonly saintly opposition or an even-more-hapless-than-we’d-suspected Security Police.

1 COMMENT

  1. “Mario Silva’s hilarious line of defense. The recordings, it turns out, have nothing to do with the security services. He doesn’t really know where they came from, he just picked them up after he stumbled upon them on YouTube.

    In fact, Silva suspects they’re “created by opposition people who are very upset with certain decisions that are being made within the opposition”.

    You catch that?”

    Yes. Mario Silva’s head is full of f**k.

  2. Funny aside: my father used to have on his desk (I wonder if he still does; I have not been at the Unidad HQ) a “Guia para Identificar Alacranes en Venezuela”, a thick handbook published by Lagoven in the late 80s. I saw him many times waving its cover to many a politicastro. So I personally find it funny that the government minions tried to start this meme.

    Disclaimer: I am the son of Ramon Guillermo Aveledo.

  3. If it were up to me, every one of you people would be wiretapped, so that every time you sneezed the government could hear it. Not even because I think there’s anything worth hearing, but solely because it annoys you childish little whiners so much.

    The nice thing about all these releases is that they show that the security services can wiretap you folks anytime they want, it can be an open secret, and guess what? You can’t do anything about it!

Leave a Reply