President Hugo Chavez has often denounced Western countries, mainly the US, for supposed attempts to assassinate him, but in an unusual statement recently, the Venezuelan president announced that he had credible evidence that his main rival, Henrique Capriles Radonski, is now the target of these same intelligence agencies.
On March 20, the Financial Times of London wrote that President Chavez had presented the uncovering of the alleged plot via telephone on Venzuelan TV. He went on to say that the assassins were probably foreign intelligence officers or groups. He also stated that he had already informed Mr. Capriles of the concern and of the need to take it seriously.
Although President Chavez has often denounced foreign interventions, most notably American interference, in the internal affairs of his nations, as well as other Latin American countries, his latest pronouncement doesn't seem that farfetched.
In early March, Mr. Capriles had narrowly escaped an assassination attempt at an opposition rally in the slums in Caracas. And in April, 2002, President Chavez had been briefly overthrown by a group of wealthy Venezuelans with the probable backing of the US government. Though the coup d'etat only lasted 48 hours, it demonstrated just how far the American government was willing to go to effect regime change in countries that didn't kowtow to its every demand.
More recently, Ecuador's President Rafael Correa narrowly survived a coup d'etat and assassination attempt last year by its policemen who had been armed and directed by the US Embassy in Quito. And just a few days ago, Bolivian President Evo Morales directed his police to stop a US Embassy vehicle, driven by Sgt. Garcia of the embassy with chief of U.S. Embassy security Maj. Costas on board. They found on board three shotguns, a 38-caliber revolver, and a load of ammunition, even though the American Embassy had not previously declared their desire to transport arms to the Bolivian government.
In 2009, the Bolivian police had to intercede at the Las Americas Hotel to thwart a possible coup d'etat and assassination of President Morales by terrorists sent there by Western European intelligence agencies. There have also been numerous illegal movements of weapons by US embassy personnel in Argentina, Chile and elsewhere in Latin America.The Venezuelan presidential elections are set to occur on October 10 of this year and pit the incumbent, President Hugo Chavez against Miranda Governor Henrique Capriles Radonski . Even though the president maintains a huge lead in the latest polls, the murdering of his main rival would set off a firestorm of controversy both inside and outside the country. Western press has consistently demonized President Chavez and, along with right wing extremists inside the country, would immediately blame him for the attack.