Venezuela accuses enemies of Chavez plot
March 5th, 2013
01:50 PM ET

Venezuela accuses enemies of Chavez plot

[Updated at 2:57 p.m. ET] These are "the most difficult moments we have experienced" regarding Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's health since his December 11 cancer surgery, Vice President Nicolas Maduro said in a televised address Tuesday.

His remarks came after Maduro accused Venezuela's domestic and foreign enemies of "attacking" Chavez, who has publicly battled cancer since 2011. Maduro also said Venezuela has expelled a U.S. Embassy attache who he said was seeking military support for a plot against the government.

Read more about Maduro's address here.

[Updated at 1:46 p.m. ET] Venezuela accused the domestic and foreign enemies of Venezuela of somehow infecting ailing President Hugo Chavez and expelled a U.S. Embassy attache who it said was seeking military support for a plot against the government, Vice President Nicolas Maduro said Tuesday.

David Del Monaco, an Air Force attache for the U.S. Embassy, had been expelled Tuesday "for being implicated in conspiratorial plan, the information ministry said.

Some day, he told the press in a lengthy statement, there will be "scientific proof" that Chavez, fighting a battle with cancer, was somehow infected by outsiders. He also called Venezuela's political right-wing an "oligarchy" and an "enemy of the nation."

[Updated at 1:22 p.m. ET] Venezuelan Vice President Nicolas Maduro said Tuesday that eventually there will be "scientific proof" that President Hugo Chavez, fighting a battle with cancer, was infected by outsiders.

In an address shown on Venezuelan TV, Maduro also said Venezuela has expelled a U.S. Embassy attache who was seeking military support for a plot against the government.

[Posted at 12:35 p.m. ET] Venezuelan Vice President Nicolas Maduro is meeting with the country's top officials after the nation's information minister reported that the condition of President Hugo Chavez, fighting a battle with cancer, has worsened, state TV said Tuesday.

Chavez first announced he had cancer in 2011. He spent more than two months in treatment in Cuba recently, returning to Venezuela two weeks ago.

Since Chavez underwent surgery on December 11, government accounts about his health have been vague.

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  1. Pete

    Just hoping sucessfully and make it permanent ,like dead!!

    March 5, 2013 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. banasy©

    Poisoned? Really?

    March 5, 2013 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. BOMBO

    Right. We all know that anybody who is critical of the US and gets cancer MUST have been poisoned.

    Look folks, if the US really wanted Chavez killed and overthrown, he'd be dead and overthrown by now.

    March 5, 2013 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. marik7

    It wouldn't be the first time that the US has interfered in the internal affairs of a South American country, and it won't be the last. An empire knows no bounds.

    March 5, 2013 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. fernace

    Maduro obviously has very limited scientific knowledge of how a person gets cancer! It's not a virus or bacteria & not contaigious! Even if some1 was injected w/cancer cells, a healthy body simply gets rid of them! There will Never be any "scientific proof" that Chavez "contracted" cancer from an "enemy"!!

    March 5, 2013 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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