Chavez Poison Theory Being Investigated
Nicolas Maduro hints that he's accusing US
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 12, 2013 12:39 PM CDT
Supporters of Venezuela's acting President Nicolas Maduro gather outside the national electoral council as he registers his candidacy for president in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, March 11, 2013.   (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

(Newser) – Apparently Venezuela is taking this whole Chavez-was-poisoned theory pretty seriously: Acting President Nicolas Maduro told a regional TV network last night that the country will launch a formal inquiry into just how Chavez ended up with cancer, Reuters reports. "We will seek the truth," Maduro said. "We have the intuition that our commander Chavez was poisoned by dark forces that wanted him out of the way." Foreign scientists will be asked to join the probe, he added, likening this situation that of Yasser Arafat, who some suspect was poisoned in 2004.

Critics of the government say the whole thing is a conspiracy theory a la Chavez himself (who was actually the first to float the poison idea). And opponents of Maduro accuse him of exploiting Chavez's death in an effort to benefit from the nation's grief as he faces an April 14 presidential election. As for who theoretically poisoned Chavez, Maduro wouldn't specifically say, but he did mention that US labs have sophisticated disease-related capabilities, reports Reuters. "He had a cancer that broke all norms," Maduro said. "Everything seems to indicate that they affected his health using the most advanced techniques ... He had that intuition from the beginning."

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Mar 13, 2013 10:00 AM CDT
Chavez never did visit Israel did he ? He did visit some of the countries that hate Israel. Seemed to make friends with every country that either hated the USA or Israel. He created all the enmity. We offered him an olive branch early on and he spit on it. I don't see how killing him would have benefited the USA. They would have thought we had done it. Which they do. Heck, if he would have died in a car crash they would think we were behind that too. We even offered him treatment for his Cancer and he went to Cuba instead. If you want to find a guilty party then look at the wealthy of Venezuela. They hated him more than we did. They also had better access to him.
Mar 13, 2013 5:37 AM CDT
Who would want to poison such a nice guy. Just goes to show, you can have billions in the bank but if it's your time, it your time. Thug.
Mar 12, 2013 4:33 PM CDT
If the US could have found a way to eliminate him, would they have? Does the US do secret research on disease and disease warfare? Has the US ever been restrained by internationaI law when it had what it considers to be national security interests?