The US is not supporting a popular pro-democracy movement, as the official media narrative goes.
There is no movement against incumbent President Nicolas Maduro worth talking about, admits Pompeo. It's all an orchestration by Washington. In short, a criminal plot.
The clumsy admission was reported by the Washington Post which obtained an audio recording of Pompeo's unguarded comments during a recent closed-door meeting in New York. His blundering blab is a spectacular own goal.
The meeting was held with Jewish groups apparently on a range of international topics, including the Trump administration's Middle East policy. Pompeo seemed unaware his remarks were being recorded. His comments are therefore a stark leveling of reality, dispelling the media spin put out by the Trump administration of "supporting democracy" in Venezuela.
It also vindicates Russia's steadfast support for the Venezuelan government, and Moscow's consistent condemnation of Washington's interference in the South American country.