Wednesday 23 August 2017

US denounces 'horrific' cancer claim by Chavez

Plots and plans: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and Argentine counterpart Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner. Photo: Reuters
Plots and plans: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and Argentine counterpart Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner. Photo: Reuters

Ian Andrews in Washington

THE Obama administration last night denounced Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez for questioning whether the US might be behind a rash of cancer cases among Latin American leaders.

The State Department said Mr Chavez's comments were "horrific and reprehensible". Spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said they were not worthy of further response.

Mr Chavez has long questioned whether the US could be plotting to oust him. But earlier this week he went far beyond that, saying it was very strange that he and the leaders of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay have struggled with cancer.

He said he was not accusing the US and does not have any proof. But he asked: "Would it be strange if they had developed a technology to induce cancer and no one knew it?"

Irish Independent

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