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Isaías Rodríguez, a longtime prominent figure in Venezuela’s socialist regime, quit his post as dictator Nicolás Maduro’s “ambassador” to Rome, publishing an open letter to the dictator circulating in Spanish-language media on Tuesday that claimed his wife was forced to “sell jewelry her ex-husband gave her” to survive.
Rodríguez asserted that he remains a loyal socialist and supports Maduro, blaming the United States for placing personal sanctions on him that made it impossible for him to maintain the standard of living that he had achieved working to repress political dissidents as late socialist strongman Hugo Chávez’s attorney general. While refusing to question socialism, he asked in the letter, in an underhanded criticism of Maduro’s closest advisers: “Is the church failing, or is it God?”
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“With immense respect for the dignified and brave battle that you have waged against the declining empire [the United States], I am directing myself to you to present my resignation as Ambassador for the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela before the Republic of Italy,” Rodríguez wrote. “I can’t take it anymore! The embassy I represent has been disrespected and I am 77 years old”:
I am leaving [my position] with no resentment and no money. My wife just sold the jewelry her ex-husband gave her so that we could sustain ourselves before the American blockade. I am trying to get rid of the car I bought when I arrived at the embassy and, as you know, I do not have a bank account, because the gringos sanctioned me and the Italian bank expelled me. They put my honestly on a pike, but when I die they will know exactly how much I left to my children. … I cling fiercely to chavismo with absolute faith, as if it were a wooden plank floating in this sea of contradictions surrounding your...
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