On Monday, in a live speech on state television, Maduro brandished what he claimed were the two men’s U.S. passports and driving licenses, along with what he said were their identity cards for Silvercorp, a service company. Florida-based security.
Maduro also showed what he said was a photo of the two men after they were captured, and accused the couple of playing “Rambo” in a failed attack intended to overthrow him.
The footage posted on Maduro’s official Twitter account shows several unidentifiable men on a boat with their hands in the air and a helicopter on top. The men on the boat were not identifiable in a video, but a separate photo more clearly represented two men Maduro claimed were American.
Goudreau has identified Americans as Airan Berry and Luke Denman, whose names match those of the Silvercorp IDs displayed by Maduro. Goudreau, a former US Army green cap, said the two men were former Special Forces members like him.