Sure, Thugo. The chain smoking had nothing to do with it.
Chavez prefaced his remarks at a military event in Caracas by saying, “I don’t want to make any reckless accusations,” but the Venezuelan president said he was concerned by something he finds “very, very, very strange.”
“Would it be strange if (the United States) had developed a technology to induce cancer, and for no one to know it?” he asked.
Chavez cited the revelation this year that the United States, between 1946 and 1948, had carried out human experiments in Guatemala where subjects were exposed to sexually transmitted diseases.
That was 50 years ago, Chavez said. Will it be discovered 50 years from now that the United States was infecting presidents with cancer, he posited?
“I don’t know. I’m just putting the thought out there,” Chavez said.