Opposition leader María Corina Machado, a key figure in the US coup plot, admitted that Venezuela "is not a dictatorship" and only international "humanitarian intervention" can topple Maduro. A major right-wing opposition leader in Venezuela has acknowledged that her country "is not a dictatorship," calling it a "huge error" to claim otherwise. She also conceded that the only way the government in Caracas can realistically be toppled is through international "humanitarian intervention." María Corina Machado has a close relationship to the US government, which has funded her opposition work. She has campaigned for years to overthrow Venezuela's leftist government, and was identified as one of the four main leaders of the US-led coup attempt initiated on January 23. But Machado has criticized other opposition figures for characterizing the government of elected President Nicolás Maduro as a "dictatorship."