Follow-up question on if Quinn ever worked in Venezuela. Thanks for answering and posting the sexy GIF of him making the bomb. But I was wondering if you believed he ever worked the Venezuela desk like he told Carrie in their introductions. C: "The cartels?" Q: "Like that." Or was this just another fabricated story like the Hill School/Harvard/Main Line Philly/"requirement in my family" story. BTW, I believed that story right up to the drunk pool scene w/ landlady; "You seem so sophisticated."
I tend to believe it was a cover story as he didn’t want to reveal the nature of his role as black ops operative in the Brody operation. But he chose wisely because the CIA has been involved in Venezuela since the 1950s. For instance it’s widely thought that the CIA was involved in the 2002 coup d'etat against Chavez in Venezuela (x and x).
The CIA also has a long history of dealing with the drug cartels in South America. In 1989, the then CIA station chief in Venezuela met with an attache of the Drug Enforcement Agency in Caracas, asking her to allow hundreds of pounds of cocaine to be shipped to the U.S. through Venezuela. The stated purpose of the scheme was to help one of the Venezuelan general’s agents win the confidence of Colombia’s drug lords. It helped the CIA and the DEA gather crucial information about the cartel’s methods. (x).
So either way - coup-related or in drug cartel-operations - there would have been plenty of work for an operative like Quinn in these clandestine operations.