US says Venezuela accusations 'baseless and false'

The United States on Monday rejected as "baseless and false" accusations by Venezuela that it was aiding anti-government protests.

"We support human rights and fundamental freedoms -- including freedom of expression and of peaceful assembly -- in Venezuela as we do in countries around the world. But as we have long said, Venezuela's political future is for the Venezuelan people to decide," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.