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August 12th, 2004

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11:38 am - Oh my god, here we go again
The Spanish-speaking press are reporting extensively on allegations that the CIA are intending to destabilise the Venezuelan government, in the event of Hugo Chavez winning this weekend's referendum.

"The CIA believe that if Chavez wins, he will overthrow the governments of Bolivia and Colombia, then use the multiple corruption scadals in Peru as an excuse to invade and remove the current government. The CIA believe that his ultimate plan is to use Venezuela and Peru as twin centres of a revolution to create a Latin American socialist superstate

This is a bonkers idea, but whether it was made up by someone in the CIA, or some reporter at El Mundo I couldn't say. I hope to heaven its a made up story.

Here is a discussion at Crooked Timber. Here is some guy's translation of a report from Spanish. Here is a google search to a bunch of Spanish new stories if you can read them.

My view - I think Chavez is a good guy, and I think any attempt to further destabilise Latin America, as some sort of global crusade against socialism would be very bad indeed. I'm not convinced this story is genuine however. I hope it isn't.

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Date:August 12th, 2004 05:12 am (UTC)
I hope not too but the trouble is that it's horribly believable. Like the undoubtedly true story that our judiciary and home secretary both think it quite OK to use evidence extracted by torture - in the face of the fact that irrespective of the morality of the thing, such evidence is notoriously unreliable. Friedrich von Spee, in the middle of the 17th-century German witch trials: "If we have not all confessed to witchcraft, that is only because we have not all been tortured yet".
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Date:August 12th, 2004 05:20 am (UTC)
Perhaps we should just stop reading the news. Welcome back from your holidays by the way, hafren.

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