Venezuela's acting president has urged Barack Obama to stop what he called a plot by the Pentagon and the Central Intelligence Agency to kill his opposition rival and trigger a coup ahead of an April 14 election.Because Maduro would never, ever do something like that himself, right?
Nicolas Maduro said the plan was to blame his opponent's murder on the OPEC nation's government and to "fill Venezuelans with hate" as they prepare to vote following the death of socialist leader Hugo Chavez.
The United States denied the claim. "We categorically reject allegations of US government involvement in any plot to harm anyone in Venezuela," State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell said.
Mr Maduro, a 50-year-old former bus driver and union leader, first mentioned a plot against his rival, Henrique Capriles, last week. He blamed it on former Bush administration officials Roger Noriega and Otto Reich. Both rejected the allegations as untrue, outrageous and defamatory.
"I call on President Obama - Roger Noriega, Otto Reich, officials at the Pentagon and at the CIA are behind a plan to assassinate the right-wing presidential candidate to create chaos," Mr Maduro said in a TV interview broadcast on Sunday.
Monday, March 18, 2013
Inheriting The Crazy
Chavez is gone, but the paranoia lives on: