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CARACAS - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez speculated on Wednesday that the United States might have developed a way to give Latin American leaders cancer, after Argentina's Cristina Fernandez joined the list of presidents diagnosed with the disease.
But he stressed that he was not making any accusations, just thinking aloud.
In August 1960, the earliest attempt had the CIA's Office of Medical Services dose some of Castro's cigars with a virulent toxin; they were then slipped into his private stash during a trip to the United Nations. No luck. About the same time the New York Police Department learned the CIA aborted similar plans with cigars loaded with, yes, explosives.
The CIA's Technical Services Division planned to lace Castro's cigars with a super-hallucinogen (perhaps BZ), to embarrass him publicly by causing a wild acid trip during a public appearance.
The CIA also planned to embarrass Fidel by sneaking thallium salts into Castro's shoes; thallium salts are a "potent depilatory that would cause his beard, eyebrows, and pubic hair to fall out... like a follicle deprived Samson."
Upon learning that Castro enjoyed scuba diving, the Technical Services Division purchased a diving suit and contaminated the regulator with tuberculosis bacilli. Vankin and Whalen tell us that "Nothing if not scrupulous, they also treated the suit itself with fungus spores that would cause the rare skin disease, madura foot." An American lawyer negotiating for the release of Bay of Pigs prisoners was supposed to give Castro the suit, but unfortunately a shuttle diplomat decided to give Fidel an uncontaminated suit instead and spare the U.S. from a potential diplomatic brouhaha.
Originally posted by Shadow Herder
Research Jack Layton. He was going to be the next primeminister of Canada. Died.
Dont forget Arafat.
North Korean president too.