Obama: US not interfering in Venezuelan election

AP News
Posted: May 04, 2013 4:38 PM

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — President Barack Obama says the idea that an American filmmaker detained by Venezuela's government is a spy is, in his words, "ridiculous."

Thirty-five-year-old Timothy Tracy, of West Hollywood, California, was formally charged last week with crimes including conspiracy, association for criminal purposes and use of a false document.

Obama says Tracy's case will be handled like every other in which a U.S. citizen gets into a "legal tangle" while abroad.

The president also said the U.S. hasn't tried "in any way" to interfere with Venezuela's recent election of Nicolas Maduro as president. Maduro is the hand-picked successor to the late Hugo Chavez. Opposition leader Henrique Capriles narrowly lost to Maduro and claims the election was stolen.

Obama commented in an interview with Spanish-language network Telemundo that's set to air Sunday.