Maduro clique seeking safe exits from Venezuala (maybe)
[TheGuardian] ... on Tuesday [20 August] Maduro confirmed contact with the US, which he painted as proof that he had been seeking ways "for president Donald Trump to truly listen to Venezuela and the truth of the 21st century Bolivarian revolution".

Earlier in the day Trump told reporters: "We're talking to various representatives of Venezuela. I don't want to say who, but we are talking at a very high level."

Geoff Ramsey, a Venezuela expert at the Washington Office on Latin America, described reports there had been talks between Cabello [top Intel guy for Maduro] and Trump officials as "a very positive sign".

"It suggests an understanding at the top level of [Maduro's] government that this is unsustainable," he said of Venezuela's ongoing economic, political and humanitarian meltdown.

"I think what these people are looking for is some kind of guarantee [from the US] that they are not going to end up in a jail cell in Miami..."
Posted by: lord garth 2019-08-22