‘Freedom Fighters’ Led by American Tried Invading Venezuela

BOGOTÁ, Colombia—Seasick and vomiting aboard fishing boats packed with guns, ammo and two-way radios, the ragtag band of fighters—including two American veterans of the Iraq war—made their way from Colombia to the Caribbean coast of Venezuela.

But their program to arrest Venezuela’s authoritarian authorities and cost-free political prisoners collapsed ahead of they hit shore. The two-boat invasion force, built up largely of Venezuelan armed forces defectors, ran into helicopter gunships, snipers and even irate fishermen.