Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has questioned whether the US has developed a secret technology to give cancer to left-wing leaders in Latin America.
This report is echoed across a number of news outlets. In his opinion,
recalling thatthe instances of cancer among Latin American leaders were "difficult to explain using the law of probabilities.
US government scientists had infected Guatemalan prisoners with syphilis and other diseases in the 1940s, but that this had only come to light last year.
There's almost certainly nothing in it; Chavez admits he was just 'thinking aloud' and not accusing specifically. The tone of all the reports remains slightly tongue in cheek, with Chavez joking with former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, now recovering from throat cancer, that they would hold a summit of Latin American leaders who had beaten cancer.