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Piden a la CIA que desclasifique documentos sobre la muerte de Chávez. EE.UU. habría inducido el cáncer a Hugo Chávez


Piden a la CIA que desclasifique documentos sobre la muerte de Chávez

Horas después de la muerte del presidente venezolano, Hugo Chávez, grupos de derechos civiles en EE.UU. presentaron una solicitud, bajo la Ley de Libertad de Información, demandando datos vinculados con los planes de envenenar o asesinar a Chávez.

Los destinatarios de esta petición son la Agencia Central de Inteligencia (CIA), el Departamento de Estado y la Agencia de Inteligencia de Defensa y ha sido presentada por la organización de derechos civiles legales Partnership for Civil Justice Fund (Fondo de la Sociedad para la Justicia Civil), la organización estadounidense antibelicista Answer ANSWER, (Coalición ANSWER) y el diario ‘Liberation Newspaper’.

Los grupos solicitan, amparándose en la Ley de Libertad de Información (Freedom of Information Act o FOIA), todos los registros y documentos, incluyendo correos electrónicos, cartas, memorandos, notas, fotografías, grabaciones de audio, vídeos, evaluaciones de inteligencia, registros u otros datos que "se relacionan o hagan referencia a cualquier información vinculada con los planes de envenenamiento o con otras maneras de asesinar al presidente de Venezuela, Hugo Chávez, quien acaba de morir".

En su petición, los solicitantes recuerdan que el Gobierno de EE.UU. conocía y contaba con información respecto a los intentos de asesinato de líderes extranjeros y nombra a algunos de estos como el líder de la revolución cubana Fidel Castro, el dictador dominicano Rafael Leónidas Trujillo y el que fuera comandante en jefe del Ejército chileno René Schneider Chereau. La carta menciona no solo el conocimiento, sino también la posible participación de Washington en los mismos.

“El público tiene una necesidad urgente e imperiosa de recibir información que sustente cualquier intento de asesinar al presidente de Venezuela, incluido cualquier conocimiento que tenga o haya tenido el Gobierno de EE.UU. respecto a esas actividades y, en particular, el papel que el Gobierno de EE.UU. haya podido tener en esos planes”, indica el documento. 

El Gobierno venezolano también ha pedido una investigación sobre las circunstancias de la enfermedad de Chávez y específicamente sobre si fue envenenado o deliberadamente expuesto a los elementos causantes del cáncer, señaló el canal NBC News.

Texto completo en: http://actualidad.rt.com/actualidad/view/88285-investigar-muerte-chavez-eeuu-cia

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Investigating Hugo Chavez's death

PCJF Files FOIA Demanding Information Related to Possible Assassination Plans

Within hours of the announced death of President Hugo Chavez, civil rights groups in the United States filed Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) demands with federal agencies seeking information and documents that "relate to or reference or discuss any information regarding or plans to poison or otherwise assassinate the President of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez." The records demands have been made to the Central Intelligence Agency, the Department of State, and the Defense Intelligence Agency and have been filed by the civil rights legal organization, the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund, the anti-war group, ANSWER Coalition and Liberation Newspaper.

The Venezuelan government is also calling for an investigation into the circumstances of President Chavez’s illness, specifically whether he was poisoned or deliberately exposed to cancer causing elements, according to NBC News and other media outlets.

The opening of the Freedom of Information Act reads as follows:

We are writing to request the following information on behalf of the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund, the ANSWER Coalition (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism), and Liberation Newspaper, pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, 5 U.S.C. § 552:



All records and documents, including but not limited to, emails, letters, cables or other communications, memoranda, notes, minutes, photographs, audio recordings, video recordings, digital recordings, intelligence assessments, communications, records or other data that relate to or reference or discuss any information regarding or plans to poison or otherwise assassinate the President of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, who has just died.



This request in made in light of the U.S. government’s acknowledged history of knowledge and possession of information regarding, and/or participation in, attempts to assassinate foreign leaders. The acknowledged attempts by the U.S. Government to assassinate foreign leaders, include Fidel Castro, Rafael Trujillo, and General René Schneider Chereau (See, e.g.., January 3, 1975 Memorandum of Conversation between President Gerald Ford and CIA Director William E. Colby), among others [secured by the National Security Archives pursuant to the FOIA].



This request is also made in light of the exhumation of Palestinian leader Yassar Arafat’s body to determine whether his death was caused by poisoning, including media reports that “[t]he Institute de Radiophysique discovered abnormal levels of polonium-210” in his personal effects, Chris McFreal, The Guardian, November 27, 2012, Yasser Arafat Exhumed and Reburied in Six-Hour Night Mission: Samples Taken From Corpse of Late PLO Leader Will Be Used to Investigate Claims He Was Poisoned With a Radioactive Substance; Arafat’s Body is Exhumed for Poison Tests, New York Times, November 28, 2012.

As described further below, the public has an urgent and compelling need for information underlying any effort to assassinate the President of Venezuela, including any knowledge the U.S. government has or had regarding such efforts and in particular any role the U.S. government had in such efforts. According to multiple media sources, the Venezuelan government is also calling for an investigation into the circumstances of President Chavez’s illness, specifically whether he was poisoned or deliberately exposed to cancer causing elements. See, e.g. “Venezuela VP: Chavez’s cancer was an ‘attack’ by his enemies,” NBC News, March 5, 2013.

The full FOIA letter is available here.