April 9th, 2012
11:24 AM ET

Costa Rican diplomat kidnapped in Venezuela

CARACAS, Venezuela (CNN) - Authorities are investigating the kidnapping of a Costa Rican diplomat in Venezuela, officials said Monday.

Guillermo Cholele, an official at the Costa Rican Embassy in Caracas, was kidnapped when he was on his way home Sunday night, Costa Rica's Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

A call to the diplomat's home requested money in exchange for his release and said Cholele was in good condition, the ministry said.

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  1. Got Flag?

    That does it. It's high time to invade and occupy Venezuela. Plus, they have more oil than Iraq and could easily pay for reconstructing anything that got bombed down, saving the US taxpayer billions.

    April 9, 2012 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  2. Paul Wolfowitz

    "Iraq has a lot of oil and can easily pay for it's own reconstruction."-Paul Wolfowitz, lying to Congress and conning them into all voting "yes" to War on Iraq. (notice we've spent hundreds of billions on reconstruction and Iraq still isn't rebuilt. And notice what Halliburton really did over there: refurbish Bush-Bin Laden Group owned oilwells that are back on line and flowing oil through Afghanistan to China @27 dollars per barrel)

    April 9, 2012 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Superman

    Did you know that venezuelas oil is not of that great of quality? And costs to much to refine into a usuable commodity......we will not start a war over a kidnapping either those days are over its called DIPLOMACY,,,,not war lord

    April 9, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Venezuelan Oil

    Back in the 1970s, the US imported about 1/3 of their oil from Venezuela, aka CITGO. with each passing year since the decision to invade Venezuela was made, the US had been slowly reducing it's need for Venezuelan oil. (The biotched Deepwater Horizon well spilled into The Gulf of Mexico and the Keystone Pipeline are the two latest attempts to get to where Venezuela can be invaded without interupting oil supplies.

    April 9, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Venezuelan Oil

    Hugo Chavez and the Venezuelan gov. have been preparing for the coming invasion for about 10 yrs. now. US warships illegally boarded cargo vessels carrying 300 million dollars worth of weapons purchased from Russia a few yrs ago, for example. So Venezuela paid the kalashnikov Arms corporation to build a weapons manufacturing facility in Venezuela, where US warships aren't allowed. Venezuela will be invaded and occupied just exactly as Iraq was...and by the same people and for the same reason: oil.

    April 9, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy ©

    This happens quite frequently in Venezuela, does it not?
    Hmmm, Venezuela being such a great place, I wonder why?

    April 9, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy ©

      *Note to self: cross Venezuela off bucket list*

      April 9, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Superman

    The us needs someone to pick on, so why not the little guys

    April 9, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Philip

    What? Venezuela will be a fine place to visit after the US cleans them up as in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    April 9, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Compton Vistors Center

    Visit beauitiful south central LA and begin your bucketist dream vaction today! We're closer to you than Venezuela, plus your color means something. (7 day cruises starting at 399.00. byo gun)

    April 9, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |

    well spoken guys.

    April 9, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
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    April 21, 2012 at 6:29 am | Report abuse |