The powerful leader of Venezuela’s congress says he will bring a lawsuit in the U.S. against news outlets that say he’s the subject of a drug trafficking probe. Diosdado Cabello’s threat comes two weeks after The Wall Street Journal reported that U.S. officials are investigating Cabello and other members of the country’s socialist administration for allegedly trafficking cocaine and money laundering.
Speaking Sunday to the Televen channel, Cabello said he would not allow the press to smear him, no matter where the publication is based. He is already suing local media outlets for publishing similar reports.
Cabello has been lashing out at The Journal since reported the probe in May. He says he would never do anything that could hurt the South American nation’s young people.