During her confirmation hearing before a US Senate committee on July 17, Samantha Power claimed Venezuela, along with several other countries, was conducting a “crackdown on civil society.”
On Thursday, the Venezuelan president denounced Power’s remarks as aggressive and unfair.
“I want an immediate correction by the US government,” Maduro said in comments broadcast live on state television.
“Power says she’ll fight repression in Venezuela? What repression? There is repression in the United States, where they kill African-Americans with impunity, and where they hunt the youngster Edward Snowden just for telling the truth,” he added, referring to the killing of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin.
Venezuela has also offered asylum to Edward Snowden, an American former technical contractor for the US National Security Agency (NSA) and a former employee of the CIA, who is wanted in the United States for leaking details of Washington’s secret surveillance programs.
Maduro further said the “fascist right” in Venezuela were happily applauding Power’s comments. He added, “And the US government says they want to have good relations? What tremendous relations they want.”
Maduro was the first foreign leader to state openly that he was offering sanctuary to Snowden.
The American whistleblower has been at Russia’s Sheremetyevo International Airport transit zone since June 23, when he traveled from Hong Kong to avoid extradition to the United States.