Venezuela politician accuses Wall Street Journal of libel

NEW YORK, N.Y. – A Venezuelan legislator has sued Dow Jones & Co. and News Corp., saying he was libeled in a Wall Street Journal story about a drug investigation.

Diosdado Cabello sued Thursday in Manhattan federal court.

Cabello served as president of Venezuela’s National Assembly from January 2012 until January.

His lawsuit says the May 2015 article falsely alleges he was involved in drug trafficking-related activities. The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages, saying Cabello suffered substantial harm to his reputation and economic damages.

Dow Jones says in a statement it will vigorously defend its newspaper. It says it is reviewing the lawsuit but has full confidence in the rigour and accuracy of the newspaper’s reporting.

The Journal’s story was published after other media outlets said Cabello’s ex-bodyguard was co-operating with U.S. authorities.