[Marxism] CIA Operation Pliers???

Greg McDonald sabocat59 at mac.com
Thu Nov 29 06:43:18 MST 2007

Venezuela's Chavez Says CNN Seeks His Assassination (Update2)

By Helen Murphy and Steven Bodzin

Nov. 28 (Bloomberg) -- Hugo Chavez said CNN is seeking to incite his  
assassination after it showed a video of the Venezuelan leader with a  
caption that read ``Who Killed Him?''

The footage appeared on CNN's Spanish-language channel, which said it  
was an error. The text appeared with an image of Chavez and Colombian  
President Alvaro Uribe.

``I want the state prosecutor to look into bringing a suit against  
CNN for instigating murder in Venezuela,'' Chavez said last night on  
state-owned Venezolana de Television.

``This headline did not refer to either of the two presidents, but  
rather to the death of American football player Sean Taylor, a fact  
made clear by the anchor in his voiceover,'' Time Warner Inc.'s CNN  
said in an e-mailed statement. ``The video of presidents Chavez and  
Uribe was used by mistake and corresponded to a preceding story.''

It isn't the first time the government called for a probe of CNN's  
programming. In May, Communications and Information Minister Willian  
Lara asked the attorney general to investigate CNN and local  
television station Globovision for ``lies'' and inciting violence  
against Chavez.

Venezuela's foreign minister, Nicolas Maduro, said the Central  
Intelligence Agency was behind the incident and that it was part of a  
broader plan to destabilize the country.

``I have no doubt it's part of a total plan against President  
Chavez,'' he said on a talk show on state television.

Cilia Flores, president of the country's legislature, said on the  
show that the CIA is spreading violent propaganda to cause riots as  
the country prepares for a national referendum on constitutional  
changes proposed by Chavez.

The country's police and military are vigilant against such attempts,  
Maduro said.

He said an ``official'' at the U.S. embassy in Caracas may also be  
supporting opposition to the constitutional proposal, and that the  
government may expel the person from the country. Maduro didn't  
identify the official.

A spokeswoman at the U.S. embassy couldn't be reached to comment.

To contact the reporter on this story: Helen Murphy in Caracas at  
Hmurphy1 at bloomberg.net ; Steven Bodzin in Caracas at  
sbodzin at bloomberg.net .
Last Updated: November 28, 2007 20:38 EST

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