War of the Executives
Four years ago, Venezuela’s state petroleum company was in chaos. Managers and executives had locked the doors to company offices, forcing thousands of workers into unemployment. Strike leaders vowed to bring down Venezuela’s economy unless President Hugo Chávez resigned. When it became clear that Chávez would not step down, and strike leaders would be fired, rogue officials began to systematically sabotage the company, shredding records, erasing databases, and destroying equipment . . . Some PDVSA saboteurs fled Venezuela to escape prosecution, using press contacts and financial resources to paint a wildly inaccurate picture of the company in the international media.
Ironically, the issue runs another story, by Mr. Gustavo Coronel, all about how terrible the company is. It ends with this:
Gustavo Coronel, a petroleum geologist, was a member of PDVSA’s first board of directors.