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Email-ID 201031
Date 2011-12-06 03:50:15
Ok, that makes sense

Sent from my iPhone
On Dec 5, 2011, at 9:43 PM, "George Friedman"

It does check out with what I heard in caracas but that increases the
chance its gossip.

If this is a source you suspect may have value, you have to take control
od him. Control means financial, sexual or psychological control to the
point where he would reveal his sourcing and be tasked. This is
difficult to do when you are known to be affiliated with an intelligence
organization. The decision on approach would not come from you but from
your handler. This is because you're position is too close to the source
and your judgment by definition suspect. Each meeting would be planned
between you and your handler and each meeting would have a specific goal
not built around discussing the topic of interest which would ideally be
hidden but in analyzing him personally and moving toward control.
The justification for the op would be specific classes of information
and on gaining control the first step would be determining his access.
If he failed the test contact would be terminated.

the problem of analysts in the field is that they tend to want to
discuss the topic, which raises the targets awareness, rather than focus
on establishing the control relationship.

So from a professional point of view this target knows your affiliation,
understands your interests and you have not established any control
which is defined as a high confidence in his obedience.

So washington is filled with gossip with people whose access is not

Just laying this out so you understand the core challenge. To be
effective your goal is the person and not the subject. Otherwise its
gossip which is information that you cannot definitively confirm.

This is intended to start our conversation on your next phase.
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From: Reva Bhalla
Date: Mon, 5 Dec 2011 20:30:10 -0600 (CST)
Subject: Re: INSIGHT - VENEZUELA - Update on Chavez's health, power
struggle, etc. - VZ302
Yes, I have much to learn and I may be just an analyst, but i'm not 100%
incapable of evaluating a source i've known for a while. I've listened
to waht you've told me about reading a source (the Turk with the
twitch.) I figured out what this source's twitch is in reading his
eyes. I've gotten much better in evaluating what info to take more
seriously and what info to disregard. The info i included below is what
I would consider more seriously and seems to check out with what we've
seen elsewhere.


From: "George Friedman"
To: "Reva Bhalla"
Sent: Monday, December 5, 2011 9:26:02 PM
Subject: Fw: Fwd: INSIGHT - VENEZUELA - Update on Chavez's health, power
struggle, etc. - VZ302

The problem with analyst sources is they are unqualified. This means
that we don't have clarity on their sources and therefore can't evaluate
accuracy. This could be valuable humint or pure rumint.

One of the reasons I want you to execute missions is to learn how to
evaluate sources. This is a very difficult art but one you must learn.

The gut is to be trusted only after its well trained.
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From: Reva Bhalla
Date: Mon, 5 Dec 2011 20:14:51 -0600 (CST)
To: George Friedman
Subject: Fwd: INSIGHT - VENEZUELA - Update on Chavez's health, power
struggle, etc. - VZ302


From: "Reva Bhalla"
Sent: Monday, December 5, 2011 9:13:24 PM
Subject: INSIGHT - VENEZUELA - Update on Chavez's health, power
struggle, etc. - VZ302

SOURCE DESCRIPTION: well-connected VZ source working with Israel
SOURCE RELIABILITY: B - source is anti-Chavez, but I've gotten better at
reading him over the years to tell when he's feeding me shit and when
he's giving useful info - his info on the VZ regime has checked out, but
i tend to be more skeptical on iran-related info
SPECIAL HANDLING: Alpha, scrub source info and also make sure rest of
latam team sees this

Chavez's health - the tumor started as a growth close to the prostate,
it spread to the colon, which is what led to a lot of confusion in the
OS about the treatment of prostate v. colon cancer in hormonal v.
chemotherapy. A reliable source on the medical has explained that the
cancer has spread to the lymph nodes and into the bone marrow up to the
spine, ie. very serious.

Chavez temporarily stopped the chemo in order to make an appearance at
the recent CELAC meeting. The medical team is made up of both Russian
and Cuban doctors. Both sides are clashing. THe Russian team blamed the
Cubans for an improper surgery the first time in trying to remove the
tumor. The second surgery over the summer was basically the Russian team
trying to clean up the Cuban team's mistakes. The Russians complain that
the Cubans dont have the right imagery treatment to properly treat
Chavez. The Cuban medical diagnosis is 2 years. The Russian medical
diagnosis, due to improper medical equipment, is less than one year. The
source on the medical team complains that Chavez is a very 'bad
patient.' He doesn't listen to his doctors, he ceases treatment when he
has to make a public appearance. Now the Russian and the Chinese doctors
are going at it because Chavez sought hte advice of a Chinese doctor
that advocates more natural treatments and the Russians are saying this
is horse shit treatment. only chavez can get the most politicized
medical team in the world.
(note - if you see medical reports on Chavez's health in WSJ or Brazil's
Veja magazine, it's probably coming from this source.)

Who replaces Chavez?
I would keep my eye on FM Nicolas Maduro. Maduro is loyal as a dog to
Chavez. (the source knows Maduro personally, from the days that Maduro
was a driver of the metro bus.) At the same time, maduro is seen as the
most pragmatic in the regime. If Chavez's health deteriorates
significantly before the scheduled Oct 2012 elections, expect him to
proclaim Maduro as his successor in one way or another. You can already
see him propping up Maduro in a lot of ways. This is less risky than
Chavez going through with elections, winning, suddenly dying and then a
power struggle among the Chavistas breaking out. It will be much harder
in this latter scenario for Maduro to assert himself against rival
Chavistas like Diosdado Cabello, Rafiel Ramirez, etc.

Remember that there are four key players propping up the regime - China,
Cuba, Russia, Iran. All four are split on how to manage a post-Chavez
regime. China and Russia are more insulated, as they've tried to get
away from Chavez the personality, to preserving Chavismo, the regime.
Russia has set up a specific task force (note the Patrushev visits) to
help manage the post-chavez transition. Both China and Russia are
backing Maduro as their preferred successor. Cuba, however, is in
trouble. They can't count on a Maduro to continue subsidizing them with
thousands of barrels of oil every day. No one is really paying attention
to Cuba - they can;t count on the Europeans for investment. Without VZ,
they're screwed. The Cubans so far have been backing Adan Chavez
(Chavez's brother) as the preferred candidate, but he doesnt have the
same following. Cuba may shift to backing Maduro. (At this point in the
convo, i brought up the possibility of Cuba, having the best intel on
VZ, using that intel to leverage with the US and open up its options -
he agreed that's what the Castros will do to survive but he hasnt seen
serious signs of this.. yet.)

Maduro is seen as more of a Lula candidate. He has a following, he has
charisma, but he's also a balancer. He's the kind of guy that would open
up to the US and keep tight with everyone else, but that still makes
Iran nervous. The source seems to think that Obama in his second term
would open up to Maduro (and this is something that he is actively
working on.)

The opposition -
Venezuela is divided into 5 different strata - A, B, C, D, E - A ++ is
the elite of the elite, the boli-bourgeoisie that that Chavez has very
successfully vilified. Chavez doesn't give a shit about these guys. His
base is the D and E.
Capriles Radonski, Leopoldo Lopez, Maria Corina Machado are all the A++
- way too elitist. They can't win over the chavista vote.
The only one that has a real chance is Pablo Perez - Zulia governor -
he's actually seen as one of the people. The conversation between him
adn the Castros is jsut starting up. (i asked if Perez is talking to
Maduro yet - he says not yet.)

guess who has been most cooperative with us lately? The military
elite. These guys have been living the good life. They love women...
lots of women. THey love booze. They love bora bora. They are easy to
bribe. They dont care about chavez. they care about maintaining their
current lifestyles. We've seen a lot of these military elite reach out
to us lately, trying to insulate themselves in a post-Chavez scenario.

This is why you'll see Chavez investing a lot of time and money in
developing the militia. They're his best insurance policy. The more of a
problem the militia can create on the streets, the more the military
elite will hestiate before acting against him or his potential

The intent of the ley de precios is very simple. The money laundering
schemes in food, pharmaceuticals, energy parts, etc. etc. have gotten
worse./ Completely unchecked. This price controls law is the
government's way of controlling opposition campaign spending. Very
straightforward - they have the legal justification to intimidate
corporations into cutting back their support for the opposition, or
else, their company is taken over. This will allow the state more
control of the private sector.

(side note) - we were talking a bit about a recent PdVSA-Iran joint
venture. They shifted their main base of operations from Caracas to
Ankara, though. This has become a trend lately, where a lot of Iran's
sanctions circumventing oeprations in VZ are quietly being relocated to
Turkey. Part of Turkey's balancing act with Iran.

these were the main points. will update with more..little fuzzy from
wine right now.