The Guardian

Hugo Chávez hints at US cancer plot
The Guardian

Hugo Chávez’s customary jabs at his neighbours to the north took an unusual turn this week, when the Venezuelan president suggested that Washington might be behind a wave of cancer among Latin American heads of state.

« Would it be so strange that they’ve invented the technology to spread cancer and we won’t know about it for 50 years? » Chávez pondered, one day after Argentina’s president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner announced she had been diagnosed with thyroid cancer and would undergo surgery in January.

Speaking on Wednesday during an end-of-year address to the armed forces, Chávez hinted that a spate of cancer among the region’s leaders could be a US plot – although he conceded he had no proof and did not want to make « reckless » accusations.

« It is very hard to explain, even with the law of probabilities, what has been happening to some leaders in Latin America. It’s at the very least strange, very strange, » the Venezuelan president said, according to government radio Radio Nacional de Venezuela.

Despite his lack of evidence Chávez hinted that other Latin American leaders should watch out.

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