On Thursday I was

On Thursday I was talking to a Latin America expert in DC about rumors of possible US involvement in the unsuccessful coup against Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. She called my attention to an intriguing development which few or no US media sources have reported: despite the apparent calming of the situation in the country, the State Department is asking family members of embassy officials in Caracas and other non-essential employees to leave the country; and it’s paying their way.