Hugo Chavez Accuses U.S. Plane of "Electronic Warfare," Hints at Aggression with Colombia

Venezuela and Colombia are starting to become the Ned Flandars and Homer Simpson of Latin America: two neighbors with very different world views that are really starting to hate each other.

Venezuela's president Hugo Chavez has even implied that if Juan Manuel Santos, the chosen successor of current conservative Colombian president Alvaro Uribe, wins in the next presidential election on May 30 it may lead to more tension between the countries. Uribe has taken it as a threat, and called this "blackmail" on the Colombian electorate.

Now America has been further drawn into the scuffle, as Chavez has accused Colombia and the US of cooperating in "electronic warfare."

"Through our strategic intelligence, we detected an RC-12 airplane belonging to the U.S. Air Force," Chavez said yesterday to an audience of military personal. "It was a plane specialized for electronic war, and it was carrying out electronic war operations."

Beyond that, Chavez didn't provide more details. A U.S. Embassy spokeswoman wouldn't comment of the accusation directly to the Associated Press, and no one at the U.S. Southern Command in Miami was available to comment.

Back in December, Chavez accused a U.S. military plane of entering Venezuelan airspace with the intent to carry out "aggression." SoComm denied those accusation.

Much of the tension between Colombia and Venezuela has steamed from Colombia decision to give America more access to its military bases.


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