Sean McFate

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Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro showed the passports of two U.S. citizens arrested by his country's security forces during a press conference at the Miraflores Presidential Palace in Caracas on May 6. (Marcelo Garcia/AFP/Getty Images)

In the early morning hours of May 3, a group of armed men tried to land on the shores of Venezuela to topple the country’s leader, Nicolás Maduro. Hours later, they were either dead or captured in a Bay of Pigs-like debacle. Coup attempts in Venezuela are not uncommon, but this one was unique. It was partly led by American mercenaries. Later that day, an ex-Green Beret turned soldier of fortune, Jordan Goudreau, head of Florida-based security firm Silvercorp, took credit for the amphibious raid. Two other Americans were less fortunate and were captured. Maduro gloated over their blue U.S. passports on national television, making his own propaganda coup of events.…  Seguir leyendo »

Ten years ago, I found myself in Burundi, sipping a Coke with the country’s president, the American ambassador and the president’s 8-year-old daughter. The president’s life was in danger, and the American government sent me in to keep him alive.

The Rwandan genocide had begun in 1994 after the presidents of Burundi and Rwanda were assassinated. In 2004, an extremist Hutu group planned on assassinating the new president of Burundi to reignite it. My job was to prevent this from happening.

I wasn’t a member of the C.I.A. or a covert military unit. I was a “contractor” (“mercenary” to some), working for a company called DynCorp International.…  Seguir leyendo »