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Wed Feb 27, 2013, 10:29 PM

 

Ex ambassador of Panama says Chavez died in Cuba December 30

http://www.cnnchile.com/noticia/2013/02/27/ex-embajador-de-panama-en-la-oea-hugo-chavez-esta-muerto#.US6j6iZ-QfI.twitter

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Reply Ex ambassador of Panama says Chavez died in Cuba December 30 (Original post)
naaman fletcher Feb 2013 OP
hrmjustin Feb 2013 #1
Warpy Feb 2013 #2
Loudly Feb 2013 #3
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Judi Lynn Feb 2013 #5

Response to naaman fletcher (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 10:33 PM

1. If Chavez's vice president shares his views why does he not just resign and hand it over to him?

Assuming he is still alive. And if he is dead doesn't the VP just take over? If he can't do the job he should hand the office over to his VP.

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Response to naaman fletcher (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 10:35 PM

2. Oh, rubbish. His death would have been used to maximum effect

by his cronies for street theater. The opposition wouldn't have a chance in the world for years after well orchestrated mourning.

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Response to naaman fletcher (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 10:49 PM

3. When Wikipedia calls a death date, I will accept it.

Wikipedia is my source, and anything other than that is just rumor.

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Response to naaman fletcher (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 11:21 PM

4. Dead and still dying.

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Thu Feb 28, 2013, 02:40 AM

5. Don't Believe the Report About Hugo Chávez's Death Just Yet

Don't Believe the Report About Hugo Chávez's Death Just Yet
Adam Clark Estes Feb 27, 2013

On Wednesday night, one of the more obscure outposts of the CNN empire reported that Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez had died, citing a pretty sketchy Panamanian source named Guillermo Cochez. CNN Chile reported quite bluntly: "Hugo Chávez is dead." The news itself, if true, is not unbelievable. The once bombastic politician has been struggling with cancer for sometime now and has largely been out of the public eye for months. Chávez couldn't even make it to his own inauguration. Less than a week ago the Venezuelan government broke the bad news that Chávez was not improving. The 58-year-old has been having breathing problems after returning from Cuba, where he's been receiving medial treatment there, for the third time. Chavez is really sick, and everybody knows it.

But Guillermo Cochez is also arguably a conspiracy theorist. Earlier on Wednesday, Cochez — and only Chochez — reported that Chávez had been brain dead since December 30. Cochez said that Chávez was being kept on life support and later, citing sources within the Venezuelan government, added that his daughters had finally decided to pull the plug. Assuming the best for President Chávez's health, it sort of sounds like Cochez is just trolling the Venezuelans. "I challenge the Venezuelan government to prove me wrong, and to present President Chávez so that it's known whether what I say is the truth or a lie," Cochez told CNN Chile. (Forgive the choppy Spanish translation; it's been a while since college.) So do we believe the guy who's daring the Venezuelan government to prove him wrong?

This photo apparently showing Chávez reading a newspaper from February 14 would suggest otherwise. There's the Bolivarian leader lying in bed smiling with his two daughters at his side. Of course, it's not that hard to Photoshop a new newspaper onto an old photo of Chávez, and the Venezuelan government is not entirely unexperienced with propaganda. But again, that leads us into conspiracy theory territory. Furthermore, this is hardly the first time a rumor about Chávez's death has made its way around the web.

For now, the safest thing to assume is that Chávez is just really sick. It is, of course, possible that he's passed away, and the government is keeping it a secret, as Cochez suggests. It's also possible that Cochez is full of it. We'll take it as a serious clue that — as of this writing — none of the other CNN outlets around the world had picked up the story. Like this blogger, they're probably waiting for a second source to confirm the rumor.

More:
http://www.theatlanticwire.com/global/2013/02/dont-believe-report-about-hugo-chavezs-death-just-yet/62606/

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