Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez is not known for holding his tongue, especially when it comes to commenting on the dealings of the United States. This time the cancer survivor has gone on record saying that the forces from the U.S. may be responsible for infecting he and four other South American leaders with the disease. He recently suggested that the U.S. (read CIA) might have “invented technology to spread cancer”, Reuters reports, warning that other “Anti-American” leaders may be found malignant next.
Chavez is one of five South American heads of state to be diagnosed with the disease in recent years. The list includes: Brazil’s president Dilma Rousseff, her predecessor Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Paraguay’s president, Fernando Lugo, and most recently, Argentinian president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, who announced on Tuesday that she’s fighting a case of thyroid cancer.
Being the outspoken conspiracy theorist that he is, Hugo Chavez admits that Fidel Castro’s description of the CIA’s repeated attempts to assassinate him inspired this particular train of thought. Chavez now claims to claims to be cured of an “unknown” cancer after receiving treatment in Cuba earlier this year.
During a speech yesterday, Chavez said he’d like to call a summit of leaders who had survived the deadly disease:
“It’s very difficult to explain, even with the law of probabilities, what has been happening to some of us in Latin America. Would it be so strange that they’ve invented technology to spread cancer and we won’t know about it for 50 years?”
To his allies, and fellow critics of the West, the Venezuelan president said jokingly, “Evo, take care of yourself – Correa, be careful, we just don’t know.” Speaking of the enduring Cuban ruler, Chavez said, “Fidel always tells me, ‘Chavez be careful, they’ve developed technology, be careful with what you eat, they could stick you with a small needle.’” Dialing it back a few, he continued, “In any case, I’m not accusing anyone, I’m just using my freedoms to reflect and issue comments on very strange events that are hard to explain.”
Hugo Chavez implies U.S. involvement in Cancer outbreak amongst South American heads of state.