Venezuela’s chief prosecutor Tarek William Saab announced charges of ‘terrorism’ and weapons trafficking against American Matthew John Heath [File: Manaure Quintero/Reuters]

A United States citizen held by Venezuelan authorities on accusations of being an American spy was not sent to Venezuela by the US government, a senior Trump administration official said on Wednesday.

Venezuela’s chief prosecutor Tarek William Saab on Monday announced charges of terrorism and weapons trafficking against Matthew John Heath, detained last week in the South American country where socialist President Nicolas Maduro is deeply at odds with the US.

Saab said Heath had been plotting attacks against the OPEC nation’s oil industry and electricity system.

“From everything I’ve seen, I can say the United States government did not send Mr

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