From the archive, originally posted by: [ spectre ]

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela President Hugo Chavez said
Sunday he has received warnings from within the White House that
the Bush administration is plotting to assassinate him or topple his
left-leaning government.

Citing what he said were warnings from an alleged White House
informant, Chavez told thousands of supporters at a campaign rally that
President Bush has ordered him to be killed before he leaves office in
2008. Bush “has said that before he goes, Hugo Chavez shouldn’t be the
president of Venezuela,” Chavez told the crowd. “The president of the
United States has said it, especially in recent days. What he doesn’t
know is that I have friends in the White House.”

The Venezuelan leader has claimed before that the U.S. government is
out to kill him .. allegations that U.S. officials deny.

The latest accusation came a day after he alleged that there had been a
recent attempt to assassinate him and said those responsible had since
fled to neighboring Colombia.

Chavez appeared to link the alleged plot to his main rival in upcoming
presidential elections, Gov. Manuel Rosales of Zulia state, claiming
that he is in constant danger from opponents seeking to get rid of him.

He said a sniper had waited with a long-range gun and planned to shoot
him after he debarked a helicopter, he said. He did not elaborate
further on the alleged plot.

Chavez vowed to win the Dec. 3 vote and continue governing this South
American nation until 2021. “Fourteen more years, that’s what’s
coming,” Chavez said.

Venezuela’s Constitution allows a president to be re-elected only once
in immediate succession. If Chavez wins a second six-year term in
December, he wouldn’t be able to run again in 2012 .. without a legal