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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 05:21 PM

Meet Nelson Bocaranda, Venezuela's unofficial information minister


The journalist has twice broken news about Hugo Chávez's illnesses – his scoops were denied then confirmed by officials

A gossip columnist has been nicknamed Venezuela's unofficial information minister after revealing closely guarded secrets about President Hugo Chávez's cancer.

Nelson Bocaranda has shaken the country and infuriated the government by twice breaking dramatic news about the president's illness, making his tweets and columns more reliable, in the eyes of many, than official statements. Each scoop – he revealed the president's cancer last summer and its recurrence last month – prompted scorn and threats from officialdom only to be confirmed later by Chávez himself.

The 66-year-old radio and print journalist, reminiscent of the late British columnist Nigel Dempster, has become a must-read for politicians, voters, diplomats, investors and others with an interest in Chávez and Venezuela's presidential election.

His Runrunes ("murmurs" website, and Twitter accounts, @NelsonBocaranda and @RunRunesWeb, drip-feed information that Bocaranda says he receives from sources in Havana, where the president is being treated, and across Latin America and the US.



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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 05:46 PM

1. He's been called, "gay, a clown, a drug addict, a vulture and a mercenary."

And he's the fucking right winger in this scenario. Think about that one for a fucking minute.

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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 07:08 PM

2. JC, whats this about Maduro being deported you mentioned?

whats that all about?

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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 07:10 PM

3. Cabello would have to get rid of him to ascend.

I think he'd have to trump up charges against him and have him deported.

edit: obviously Maduro wouldn't stick around to face charges so he'd deport himself, exile himself, I guess, to get away from them.

All speculation on my part.

I don't think Cabello can do much if Maduro is standing around at the Palace calling for new elections.

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