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February 28, 2012

Too many chefs in Chavez's medical kitchen? Cuban, Chinese, Russian, Brazilian doctors said involved

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez traveled to Cuba Friday for a fresh round of surgery. He's admitted that doctors have found a lesion near the site where he had a cancerous tumor removed in June. But since the weekend, there has been a virtual news blackout on Chavez's condition. 

Not surprisingly, the lack of official news has the rumor mill in overdrive. So, in the interest of adding grist, I provide these two items:

On Monday, WikiLeaks began releasing emails stolen from the Austin-based intelligence firm Stratfor. Buried among them is this piece, that suggests Cuban, Russian and Chinese doctors are bickering over Chavez's health. (The back and forth about the quality of the source makes interesting reading.)

Today, Globo blogger Merval Pereira, said the rumors that Libyan and Syrian doctors were on their way was false. But he did say a Brazilian doctor is also involved in the procedure.


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Dr's from every country but America. Does Hugo know something that we don't know or is it paranoia?

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