Venezuela: The Saga of the Anzoategui

It was a little like a treasure hunt. At 6:30 p.m. one evening last week, the phone rang at Caracas' daily El Nacional. The caller's curious request: check the ashtray near the elevator on the second floor. At the same time, editors of La República were told to look in the trash can near the proofreaders' rest room. In both places were notes from the publicity-grabbing Armed Forces of National Liberation (FALN), a pro-Castro terrorist group that is trying to make things difficult for Venezuela's middle-reading President Rómulo Betancourt. The FALN's message: one of the government's ships...