Photo: Venezuela's Hugo Chavez Suggesting U.S. Gave Latin American Leaders Cancer
President of Venezuela Hugo Chavez has suggested that the U.S. government is giving world leaders cancer.
It would appear that after hearing of the Argentine president’s cancer diagnosis, Chavez is under the impression that the United States has secret technology that it may be using to give cancer to world leaders such as himself, though CNN reports that he said he doesn’t want to “make any reckless accusations.”
Though the number of Latin American leaders having been diagnosed with cancer in recent years is oddly high, there does not appear to be any evidence that a plan is being carried out by the U.S. government. He noted that it was only recently discovered that in the late 1940s Guatemalans were intentionally given syphilis by the U.S. as part of human experiments, so he says it stands to reason that in another 60 years everyone could discover the U.S. was behind some sort of cancer plot being
Earlier this year, Chavez underwent cancer treatment in Cuba. Other Latin American leaders battling or having battled cancer are Argentina’s Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, Paraguay’s Fernando Lugo, and Brazil’s current and previous presidents Dilma Rousseff and Lula da Silva.
Thursday, a spokeswoman for the U.S. State Department told reporters that what Chavez is suggesting is “horrific and reprehensible.”
Chavez’s claims come just weeks after evidence was revealed linking Venezuela and Iran to a proposed cyberplot against U.S. government websites.