As the Venezuelan government attempts to quell opposition protests that it claims are part of plot to overthrow it, official suspicion has landed on an unlikely hotbed of conspiracy: the crossword department of regional newspaper El Aragüeño.
Delcy Rodríguez, the minister for communication and information, said she had requested an investigation into the daily from the state of Aragua, accusing it of hiding messages “linked to conspiracy” in its crosswords.
“The El Aragüeño daily is sending coded messages linked to conspiracy and violence in its crosswords. We have requested an investigation,” she said.
Ms Rodríguez did not give details of exactly what messages had been detected in the crosswords.