Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Venezuela rails against portrayal in US spy drama


Andrew Manswell

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan officials are denouncing a U.S. spy drama that portrayed country stockpiling nerve gas to put down social unrest.

The socialist country's telecommunications commission is opening an investigation into the TNT series "Legends" over an episode in which a character fingers President Nicolas Maduro as the buyer of chemical weapons. On Monday, Minister of Information Delcy Rodríguez denounced the script as a hostile, imperialist action.

Venezuela was wracked by anti-government street protests this spring.

TNT did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

"Legends" debuted in August to mostly tepid reviews. It stars Sean Bean of "Game of Thrones" fame as an undercover FBI operative.

Last year, the U.S. spy drama "Homeland" portrayed Venezuela as a place of lawlessness and chaos. But no official repercussions followed.