Chávez rejects report involving Venezuela in plot against the US
"Television shows were broadcast on US networks claiming that Venezuela is scheming terrorist attacks with Iranian terrorists against the United States. They are using a lie as an excuse to attack us; we must be attentive," said President Hugo Chávez
Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez on Monday rebutted as a "lie" a report broadcast by Univision network according to which Venezuela and Cuba are involved in an alleged Iranian scheme to launch cyber attacks against US nuclear plants. The Venezuelan president said they were looking for "excuses" to attack his country.
"Television shows were broadcast on US networks claiming that Venezuela is scheming terrorist attacks with Iranian terrorists against the United States. They are using a lie as an excuse to attack us; we must be attentive," said President Chávez during a radio and television mandatory broadcast.
The president also noted, without explicitly mentioning Univision, based in New York, that the report is "pointing to Cuba," in addition to Venezuela, in order to "assault" the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA), outspokenly critical of the US policies, Efe reported.
Univision described the current Venezuelan consul in Miami, Livia Antonieta Acosta, as an accomplice in the alleged plot.
On Monday, the US State Department described Univision report as "very disturbing," adding that the White House is "assessing the actions" to be taken, US State Department Spokesman Mark Toner told reporters.
"Right now we have no information to ascertain" the Univision report, Toner said.
Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Brazil on March 13 to demand the ouster of embattled President Dilma Rousseff, carrying banners expressing anger at bribery scandals and economic woes. A banner read "We don't want a new Venezuela in Brazil."