- Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez accuses US of potentially ‘giving’ him cancer
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has hinted that he believes the US may be responsible for a ‘very strange’ cancer outbreak among several South American leaders, including himself.
The patently outspoken politician has been a long time critic of the US and a champion for the emergence of increasingly socialist nations like Cuba and Venezuela as a power within the Western hemisphere.
Only days ago, Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner was also diagnosed with a rare thyroid cancer. This revelation sparked Chavez to issue a statement, that perhaps the CIA had hatched a scheme where biological or chemical agents were being used to induce cancer growth within leaders deemed ‘malevolent’ in South America.
Chavez’ accusations bring to memory times when the US was rumored to have attempted to eradicate Cuban leader Fidel Castro after the Cuban Missle Crisis.
“It’s very difficult to explain, even with the law of probabilities, what has been happening to some of us in Latin America
,” Chavez stated in his speech. “Would it be so strange that they’ve (The USA) invented technology to spread cancer and we won’t know about it for 50 years?”
Other South American leaders who have suddenly fallen ill with cancer include Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula Da Silva and Paraguay’s Fernando Lugo.
Chavez continued, “I’m just sharing my thoughts, but it’s very, very, very strange. Evo take care of yourself, Correa, be careful, we just don’t know,” referring to other prominent South American leaders.