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Venezuela VP: Chavez’s cancer was an ‘attack’ by his enemies
Hours before Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez died, his second-in-command accused enemies of giving him cancer and announced the expulsion of two U.S. diplomats for an alleged plot to destabilize the government.
“There’s no doubt that Commandante Chavez’s health came under attack by the enemy,” Vice President Nicolas Maduro said in an address to the nation from the presidential palace.
“The old enemies of our fatherland looked for a way to harm his health,” according to Maduro, drawing a parallel to the illness and 2004 death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, which some supporters blamed on poisoning by Israeli agents.
He said a special commission would investigate how Chavez, 58, ended up with the unspecified cancer that months of chemotherapy and radiation and four surgeries failed to tame.
State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell said in a statement it was “absurd” to suggest that the U.S. was somehow involved in Chavez’s illness.
The allegation was made against a backdrop of diplomatic tension, with Caracas announcing that two American Air Force attachés had been given 24 hours to leave the country.
Maduro accused one of them, David Delmonaco, of spying and meeting with Venezuelan military officials for nefarious purposes. The expulsion of the second, Devlin Kostal, was announced soon after.
Defense Department spokesman Lt. Col. Todd Breasseale said Delmonaco would be leaving Caracas and that Kostal was already in the U.S. and denied the allegations against them.
“We completely reject the Venezuelan government’s claim that the United States is involved in any type of conspiracy to destabilize Venezuela government,” he said.
Ventrell also dismissed the accusations.
“Notwithstanding the significant differences between our governments, we continue to believe it important to seek a functional and more productive relationship with Venezuela based on issues of mutual interest,” he said.
“This fallacious assertion of inappropriate U.S. action leads us to conclude that, unfortunately, the current Venezuelan government is not interested in an improved relationship.”
Venezuela’s relations with the U.S. have been strained for years, and Chavez saw conspiracies everywhere.
In 2008, he expelled the American ambassador, claiming the U.S. was orchestrating a military coup. He had repeatedly claimed to be the target of assassination plots from domestic and international opponents.
Nicolas Sarkozy ordered the assassination of Hugo Chavez
Mr. Bouquet (photo) had been arrested in Caracas on June 18, 2009, with three Dominican nationals in possession of an arsenal. In the apartment he had acquired, forensic police seized 500 grams of C4 explosives, 14 assault rifles including 5 with telescopic lenses, 5 with laser sighting and one with a silencer, special cables, 11 electronic detonators, 19,721 cartridges of different calibers, 3 machine guns, 4 hand guns of different calibers, 11 radios, 3 walkie talkies and a radio base, five 12-gauge shotguns, 2 bulletproof vests, 7 military uniforms, 8 grenades, one gas mask, one combat knife and 9 bottles of gunpowder.
During his trial, Mr. Bouquet admitted he had been trained in Israel and was an agent of French military intelligence service (DGSE). He admitted planning an attack to assassinate Constitutional President Hugo Chavez.
Mr. Bouquet had been sentenced to four years in prison for “illegal possession of weapons.” He served his sentence. He was taken from his cell by Ordinance No. 096-12 of trial judge Yulismar Jaime, then was expelled for “undermining national security” under Article 39 paragraph 4 of the Migration and Foreigners Act.
Venezuelan authorities had so far refrained from communicating on this subject. The facts were confirmed by the spokesman of the Quai d’Orsay, Philippe Lalliot. The French Embassy in Caracas declined to comment.
From our investigation we can conclude that:
(1) President Nicolas Sarkozy had ordered the assassination of his counterpart Hugo Chavez;
(2) the operation was a fiasco;
(3) France granted substantial compensation to stifle this matter during Mr Sarkozy’s term in office.
The Associated Press
Saturday, September 30, 2006; 10:09 PM
“The plan didn’t work out for them _ God is always present over there. But those responsible left for Colombia, and by the way, they were from the Zulia police,” he said.
He did not elaborate further on the alleged plot.
Chavez has made other claims of assassination plots in the past, including a case involving 27 Colombians and three former Venezuelan military officers who were convicted last October by a military court for allegedly plotting to kill him.
His government also demanded that Bogota investigate allegations that surfaced in an influential Colombian magazine in April saying the country’s secret police plotted to assassinate Chavez and other top Venezuelan officials. Colombian President Alvaro Uribe has denied the allegations.
Chavez has also accused the U.S. government of secretly backing his opponents in the Dec. 3 elections and recently claimed that President Bush may be seeking to kill him after he called the U.S. leader “the devil” at the United Nations General Assembly.
“For sure, one walks around risking one’s life … We’re being threatened with death by the (U.S.) empire,” he said.
U.S.-Venezuela ties sharply deteriorated after the Bush administration swiftly recognized leaders who ousted Chavez in a 2002 coup before the Venezuelan returned to power amid a popular uprising.
Chavez has claimed before that the U.S. government is out to kill him and invade his country. U.S. officials deny that but criticize Chavez as a destabilizing force in Latin America.
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