In a video broadcast by Venezuelan state TV on Wednesday, detained American national Luke Denman said his mission in Venezuela was to seize control of and secure the Caracas airport so that his team would be able to bring in a plane to take Maduro to the US.
Denman, however, did not explain how his team was going to capture the Venezuelan president.
The 34-year-old American national was part of a group of US-backed mercenaries who tried to intrude into the northern state of La Guaira on boats before dawn on Sunday, but Venezuelan authorities foiled the attack, which was launched from Colombia, killing eight of the armed men and arresting two others.
In a state television address on Monday, Maduro said authorities had detained 13 “terrorists” involved in the Sunday attack, including Denman and another man identified as Airan Berry.
“They were playing Rambo. They were playing hero,” Maduro said.
The Venezuelan president noted that the two US citizens were working with an American military veteran, Jordan Goudreau, who leads Florida-based security firm Silvercorp USA.
He also claimed that the plot was coordinated with Washington and aimed to oust him, but the White House denies any involvement.