US officials are granted access to American detained in Venezuela

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Venezuela's government has granted U.S. diplomats access to a California man who is being held while he awaits trial on charges of espionage and fomenting unrest.

An Embassy spokesperson said Thursday that officials have been permitted to meet with Timothy Tracy, who was arrested by intelligence agents following Venezuela's April 14 presidential election.

The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because Embassy personnel are not authorized to discuss Tracy's case.

Tracy's relatives say the filmmaker had been making a documentary about Venezuelan politics for six months before his was arrested.

The Embassy spokesperson said no additional details of Tracy's arrest or status could be discussed due to privacy considerations.