Venezuela released and expelled U.S. filmmaker Tim Tracy.
Tracy was arrested April 24 on charges of undermining the Venezuelan government and “acting like a spy.”
At the time Interior Minister Miguel Rodriguez said they had evidence Tracy was promoting dissent and unrest in Venezuela. The “proof” was in “the way Tracy acted.” Rodriguez said it was clear Tracey was a spy because “he knows how to infiltrate, how to recruit sources.”
Oh yeah, recruit sources. Just like any journalist or documentary filmmaker would do.
Tracy was in Venezuela to do a documentary about the political divide following the death of Hugo Chavez and the questionable election of Nicolas Maduro. Tracy filmed government supporters in a Caracas slum and student demonstrators opposed to the government. The government saw his session with the students as subversive rather than just some one investigating a story.
This all goes back to the issue that just because repressive governments that restrict press freedom — like Venezuela and China and Cuba — use reporters as spies, it does not mean the rest of the world follows suit.
Obviously even the rigged Venezuelan system could not make the charges stick.
According to the New York Times, government officials said on Tuesday there was insufficient evidence to charge Tracy. (Venezuela Frees Jailed U.S. Filmmaker and Expels Him)
Immediately upon release, Tracy, was put on a flight to Miami.