Suspect in Nicolas Maduro assassination plot dies in mysterious fall from window
This story has a lot of connections some are a bit odd. Why did Bob Corker announce the day of the arrest of Fernando Alban that he would be traveling to Venezuela? Was he at the prison the day Fernando Alban committed suicide?
Senior U.S. lawmaker on foreign relations to visit Venezuela
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee will travel to Venezuela “to assess the current situation,” a spokeswoman said, amid tensions between Caracas and Washington.
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A jailed councilman in Venezuela arrested on suspicion of involvement in a failed assassination attempt on President Nicolas Maduro has died of suicide, the government said Monday.
The official suicide claim drew swift denial from opposition leaders close to Fernando Alban, and a few dozen of his supporters gathered outside the headquarters of Venezuela’s intelligence service yelling “Maduro killer!” contending that he had been murdered.
While Venezuelans last year watched as dozens of youth were killed in violent street battles with security forces, the death of activists while in the government’s custody is a fate more associated with the far deadlier dictatorships that dominated much of South America in the 1970s.
Alban, 56, was taken into custody Friday at Caracas’ international airport upon arriving from New York, according to his lawyer. He was in the U.S. accompanying other members of his First Justice party for meetings with foreign dignitaries attending the United Nations General Assembly.
AURA Statement about the Status of the Sunspot Solar Observatory at Sacramento Peak, New Mexico
September 16, 2018
Sunspot Solar Observatory is transitioning back to regular operations as of September 17th
On September 6th, the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) made the decision to temporarily vacate the Sunspot Solar Observatory at Sacramento Peak, New Mexico as a precautionary measure while addressing a security issue. The facility closed down in an orderly fashion and is now re-opening. The residents that vacated their homes will be returning to the site, and all employees will return to work this week.
AURA has been cooperating with an on-going law enforcement investigation of criminal activity that occurred at Sacramento Peak. During this time, we became concerned that a suspect in the investigation potentially posed a threat to the safety of local staff and residents. For this reason, AURA temporarily vacated the facility and ceased science activities at this location.
The decision to vacate was based on the logistical challenges associated with protecting personnel at such a remote location, and the need for expeditious response to the potential threat. AURA determined that moving the small number of on-site staff and residents off the mountain was the most prudent and effective action to ensure their safety.
In light of recent developments in the investigation, we have determined there is no risk to staff, and Sunspot Solar Observatory is transitioning back to regular operations as of September 17th. Given the significant amount of publicity the temporary closure has generated, and the consequent expectation of an unusual number of visitors to the site, we are temporarily engaging a security service while the facility returns to a normal working environment.
We recognize that the lack of communications while the facility was vacated was concerning and frustrating for some. However, our desire to provide additional information had to be balanced against the risk that, if spread at the time, the news would alert the suspect and impede the law enforcement investigation. That was a risk we could not take.