A man has declared himself the organizer of the attack and said he was perpetrated by a group of defectors of the Venezuelan army and others. In an exclusive interview with CNN, he talked about how they prepared for the attack and provided cell phone videos of drones, explosives, and training flights in rural Colombian farms.
"We have tried every peaceful and democratic way to put an end to this tyranny disguised as a democracy," he told CNN on the condition of anonymity, referring to the Maduro regime. "We tortured friends in custody, which was a difficult decision."
He also admitted that the attack could have killed innocent civilians near their target. "That was the risk we had to take," he said. "We took care of it, because the Venezuelan people always feel the consequences."
Venezuela's self-proclaimed interim president, his opposition leader Juan Guaido, told CNN that he disapproved of the attack.
"Options are not good," he said. He added that he suspected the attack. "I think that was something inside that was done by the government, it looks like they look like victims."
US security advisor John Bolton said on the morning after the attack that he might have been faked to supply the Maduro government with an "excuse", perhaps for a raid. Since then, US intelligence officials have informed CNN that CNN believes it was a real attack.
Chaos in Caracas
In August 201
8, chaos sank in the middle of Caracas.
When Maduro spoke at a military parade on Avenida Bolivar, one of the capital's main thoroughfares, civilians and an explosion suddenly dispersed soldiers alike. State news cameras and social media recorded fragmented images of mass confusion at the event – smoke soared across the city, an array of soldiers scattered, bodyguards leaping to shield the president. Drone assassination "class =" media__image "src =" http://cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/180804182632-caracas-explosion-interrupcion-discurso-maduro-militares-corriendo-brk-venezuela-00002017-large-169.jpg"/>
Erst later, the story was pieced together: two small drones that flew over the event had exploded, none of them close enough to inflict fatal damage, even though seven members of the Venezuelan National Guard were injured, an undamaged Maduro would later say that he believed The explosions are firecrackers.
As a result, dozens of people were arrested when Venezuelan authorities launched an investigation to find out who the offe had organized a deliberate attack. Some have been tortured, activists say, while others remain on the government's list of suspects. Maduro also accused right-wing activists and the Colombian government, which rejected any responsibility.
The attack organizer told CNN that Colombia is not involved. He said the drone's attack had been orchestrated by a group of defectors of the Venezuelan military to assassinate Maduro.
The attacker claimed that he had met three US officials three times after the attack. "After that, they held three meetings, which I imagined were gathering information to study the case, but that did not go on," he said.
"They wanted to get information, and then we asked for compensation, they took notes and asked if they could help, then they just went with their notes and never came back."
A spokesman for the US Department of State refused to comment on the alleged meetings, but said: "Our policy is to support a peaceful transition in Venezuela." CNN has found no evidence that the meetings have taken place.
The plan was thwarted by guards who caused the drones to explode prematurely, the attacker says. The cell phone signal blockers protecting the president suddenly came back and caused the explosions.
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The videos provided by the defector to CNN include men complaining about the drones' too small screws. The Chinese writing on the boxes is hard to read, says one.
Videos also show the group doing the tricky trick: flying the drones high enough not to be detected, then rushing them at a steep angle to hit their target. They practice in different scenarios: amidst green hills above a swimming pool car window, in the shade of the night. A drone was later blown up in a test.
Later they disassemble the machines to be smuggled across the border to Venezuela. Back in their homeland, they would slowly rebuild the two presidential drones.