Rubio Receiving Extra Security After Venezuelan Death Threat

By NTK Staff | 08.14.2017 @2:05pm
Rubio Receiving Extra Security After Venezuelan Death Threat

Socialist military leader and lawmaker Diosdado Cabello is thought to be behind the threat…

Last week, NTK Network reported that Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) is under increased security both in Florida and in Washington, D.C.

The Miami Herald reported Sunday that the reason for that increased security is a potential threat from an influential Venezuelan socialist:

One of Venezuela’s most powerful leaders may have put out an order to kill Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, a fervent critic of the South American country’s government, according to intelligence obtained by the U.S. last month.

Though federal authorities couldn’t be sure at the time if the uncorroborated threat was real, they took it seriously enough that Rubio has been guarded by a security detail for several weeks in both Washington and Miami.

Believed to be behind the order: Diosdado Cabello, the influential former military chief and lawmaker from the ruling socialist party who has publicly feuded with Rubio.

The potential death order from Cabello comes after weeks of taunting between the two men. At a July hearing, Rubio called Cabello “the Pablo Escobar of Venezuela.” Cabello dubbed the Florida Senator “Narco Rubio” in response.

The Miami Herald’s report was based on a memo, which mentioned an “order to have Senator Rubio assassinated.”

“Cabello might have gone as far as to contact ‘unspecified Mexican nationals’ in connection with his plan to harm Rubio,” according to the Herald’s reporting on the memo.

A Homeland Security spokesman said Capitol Police are handling security for Rubio in Washington, and that “[i]t would be inappropriate for DHS to comment on the seriousness of the threat.” Rubio’s office and Capitol Police refused to comment.

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