Chavez Says He Has White House Informant


Richard Moore

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Chavez Says He Has White House Informant

Venezuela Leader Chavez Says White House Informant Has Warned Him About Plots 
Against Him

The Associated Press

CARACAS, Venezuela - Venezuela President Hugo Chavez said Sunday he has received
warnings from within the White House that the Bush administration is plotting to
assassinate him or topple his left-leaning government.

Citing what he said were warnings from an alleged White House informant, Chavez 
told thousands of supporters at a campaign rally that President Bush has ordered
him to be killed before he leaves office in 2008.

Bush "has said that before he goes, Hugo Chavez shouldn't be the president of 
Venezuela," Chavez told the crowd. "The president of the United States has said 
it, especially in recent days. What he doesn't know is that I have friends in 
the White House."

The Venezuelan leader has claimed before that the U.S. government is out to kill
him allegations that U.S. officials deny.

The latest accusation came a day after he alleged that there had been a recent 
attempt to assassinate him and said those responsible had since fled to 
neighboring Colombia.

Chavez appeared to link the alleged plot to his main rival in upcoming 
presidential elections, Gov. Manuel Rosales of Zulia state, claiming that he is 
in constant danger from opponents seeking to get rid of him.

He said a sniper had waited with a long-range gun and planned to shoot him after
he debarked a helicopter, he said. He did not elaborate further on the alleged 

Chavez vowed to win the Dec. 3 vote and continue governing this South American 
nation until 2021. "Fourteen more years, that's what's coming," Chavez said.

Venezuela's Constitution allows a president to be re-elected only once in 
immediate succession. If Chavez wins a second six-year term in December, he 
wouldn't be able to run again in 2012 without a legal change.

Chavez has floated the possibility of changing Venezuela's constitution to allow
indefinite re-election.

Copyright 2006 The Associated Press.
Copyright © 2006 ABC News Internet Ventures

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