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"But immediately after the overthrow, the Bush administration blamed Mr. Chavez, a left-leaning populist, for his own downfall and denied knowing about the threats."
Former Washington Post former foreign editor Scott Wilson appeared in Oliver Stone's South of the Border film.
"Yes," he said, "America host(ed) people involved in the coup before it happened."
"There was involvement of U.S.-sponsored NGOs in training some of the people that were involved in the coup."
"And in the immediate aftermath of the coup, the United States government said that it was a resignation, not a coup, effectively recognizing the government that took office very briefly until President Chavez returned."
"And we know that the United States made quick efforts to have the coup government recognized as legitimate."
"The Bush government, immediately after the coup, blamed it on Chavez. And some of the coup plotters met with officials at the US embassy in Caracas before they acted."
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