Free Tomeu Vadell, American held in Venezuela | Pod Hostage Diplomacy
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The US government have stated that Tomeu Vadell, an American citizen, has been wrongfully detained in Venezuela since November 2017 and have called on the Venezuelan authorities to release him unconditionally. Tomeu Vadell is one of the Citgo 6 and his family believe he is being used as a bargaining chip by the Venezuelan government to extract concessions from the United States.

Tomeu is a husband, a father and now a grandfather from Lake Charles, Louisiana. We speak to his daughter, Veronica Vadell Weggeman to find out what we can do to help bring her father home.  

We discuss his arrest by Venezuela’s military counter-intelligence unit, the deplorable conditions of his detention, his sham trial and sentence, surveillance of American citizens on US soil by Venezuelan intelligence agencies, political tensions between the US and Venezuela, other members of the Citgo 6, going public with the Free Tomeu Vadell campaign as well as what the public, Congress, State Department, President Biden and journalists can do to help free Tomeu Vadell.

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