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Luisa Ortega Díaz: The Venezuelan Opposition's Unlikely Ally

August 23, 2017

Few question whether Venezuela's former Attorney General Luisa Ortega Díaz is a true chavista. As Venezuela’s top law enforcement officer for nearly a decade, she followed the government line to the letter, including in the prosecution of demonstrators arrested in a wave of protests against President Nicolás Maduro in 2014.

That is, until recently. In the space of only a few months, Ortega has become one of Maduro’s most powerful critics, and an unlikely hero to Venezuela’s opposition. That shift has come at a great personal cost. Harassed by the government and stripped of...

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