Hugo Chavez: 10 outrageous things he said about the US

Hugo Chavez, whose death was announced Tuesday, will be remembered worldwide as much for what he said as for what he did during his 14-year rule of Venezuela. From the vitriolic to bizarre, here is a list of 10 outrageous comments he made about the “Yankee empire” and its leaders.

10. Cancer as a weapon

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Venezuela's President Hugo Chávez points at his head to show that his hair has started to grow back after his last round of chemotherapy, at Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela, in October 2011.

More than a year before his death, Chávez said it was possible that the US caused the cancer he had been diagnosed with. And not just in regard to him, but all the leftist Latin American leaders who have been diagnosed: Cristina Fernández of Argentina, former President Fernando Lugo of Paraguay, Dilma Rousseff of Brazil, and former Brazilian leader Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.

“It’s very difficult to explain, even with the law of probabilities, what has been happening to us in Latin America,” he said during a military speech in December 2011. “Would it be so strange that they’ve invented technology to spread cancer, and we won’t know about it for 50 years?”

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