According to the text, today's action seeks to warn Venezuela's military and intelligence services, as well as those who support them, that they will suffer serious consequences due to their continued support for the government of Nicolás Maduro, which Washington insists on qualifying as illegitimate.
"Investigations have succeeded in proving that General Manuel Ricardo Cristopher Figuera has been recruited by the Central Intelligence Agency for more than a year", Maduro said, adding that justice would be served on the "traitor" Figuera "sooner rather than later".
An attempted uprising last week led by Guaido, recognized as the legitimate head of state by the United States and other Western countries, failed to dislodge Maduro, as have a series of USA sanctions against his government.
'They will have to pay before the courts for the failed coup that they attempted'. In a letter circulated after he broke ranks with Maduro, he wrote that his decision was prompted by his desire to "rebuild the country" and fight rampant corruption.
The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump has threatened Maduro's government with a harsh response should it ever detain Guaido.
Guaido, the leader of the opposition-controlled National Assembly, added he had received word from China that the country would join a diplomatic effort between European and Latin American countries, known as the International Contact Group on Venezuela, to negotiate an end to the crisis.
Maduro, meanwhile, remains defiant and has been moving to reassert control.
Addressing a rally here, Maduro said that Carlos Vecchio, who is recognised as the ambassador by Washington, to immediately contact the U.S. military for possible cooperation, Voice of America reported.
"This is not a request (and) I am not asking for a favor", Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino said bluntly in a speech Saturday.
A Southern Command spokesman said yesterday that a US Coast Guard vessel was conducting a "counter-drug detection and monitoring mission" in "international waters" in the Caribbean Sea on 9 May.
"The shift is not from war to diplomacy but rather it is from a direct conflict to a war between Colombia and Venezuela", Moncada said and explained that "they are now joining the economic suffocation with provocations at the border in order to light that spark capable of setting the prairie on fire". Maduro accuses Guaido of staging a U.S-backed coup.
In January, Guaido invoked the Opec nation's constitution to assume an interim presidency, arguing President Nicolás Maduro's re-election in 2018 was illegitimate. He also called for Venezuelans to take to the streets on Saturday for fresh protests against Maduro. He says any such help should be considered "cooperation", instead of intervention, something he has accused Maduro of allowing in the form of military and intelligence support from allies Cuba and Russian Federation.