That Hugo Chavez–so paranoid!

Um, yeah. So Chavecito’s always banging on about coup plans and other magnicidal nefarious plots being hatched against him? Well, now we know he’s not exaggerating or just making shit up. A little birdie sent Mario Silva, the host of VTV’s La Hojilla (The Razorblade), a secret recording of active and retired military commanders getting up to some serious insubordination:

According to Aporrea, these recordings include the voices of a vice-admiral (Millán Millán), a retired national-guard general (Wilfredo Barroso Herrera), and a brigadier-general of the air force (Eduardo Báez Torrealba), who is heard saying: “The most important thing is, now we have a pilot with a thousand hours of flight in an F-16, and the others are instructors who will launch the planes.” They also talk of plans to take the presidential palace, Miraflores. Incriminating stuff, if you understand Spanish!

This is Mario Silva’s last appearance on La Hojilla before the regional elections, to be held on November 23; he’s running for governor of the state of Carabobo, and he’s hugely popular, so he’s practically a shoo-in. The opposition? Clearly not, or else they wouldn’t have to resort to schemes like this, using the military to launch a fascist coup.

Oh, and according to Silva, the infamous ex-general Raul Baduel–now an opposition candidate–is also in the coup plot up to the eyeballs. Hey, gotta give the gringos their $1.2 million dollars’ worth, right? Especially since neither he nor Chavecito’s ex stand a hope in hell of winning, even in the petty factional popularity contests the oppos are holding to pick “unity candidates” amongst themselves in lieu of actual, democratic primaries.

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