This wouldn't be the first time. Back in 2005, "former CIA agent Felix Rodriguez said that the U.S. government has plans to “bring about a change in Venezuela.” When pressed as to what type of plans these might be, Rodriguez responded that the Bush administration “could do it with a military strike, with a plane.”"
There may be however some circumstantial evidence that points to a DIA operation to discredit Chavez. On the 29 May this year there appeared this ad on craiglist.org (thanks to BoRev for pointing this out):
Date: 2009-05-29, 10:28AM EDT
"Hello there! We are a website dedicated to helping the Venezuelan community fight against Hugo Chavez. This website is a combination of satire, news, awareness, and change regarding the leadership of Hugo Chavez. Please help us in our efforts to save one of the most wonderful countries in the world and remove Hugo Chavez from power!
Here is what we are looking for:
We are looking for writers that can contribute stories, reports, comedic content, cartoons, and more for our website. Looking for political writers, picture up-loaders, personal experiences, personal views, and anything else that will help shed some light on the situation in Venezuela.
That should be about it! We will give you all the credit!
Because we are NOT a company and are not affiliated (yet) with any organizations, this is a non-paid project. But if you would like to help us out, please send us an email.
Thanks for your interest.
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* Location: Washington, DC
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I wrote them an e-mail soliciting information and they sent me this reply:
Yes, we are looking for both styles of writing. We are currently reviewing writing now. Almost everything will get posted, but we are also looking for regular writers. Are you Venezuelan? Do you have a sample article or rant about Hugo Chavez or Venezuela? Also, some people do not feel comfortable with our website name = fuckhugochavez.com. We let everyone know ahead.
Also, we are offering free fuckhugochavez.com email addresses if you would
Thanks for your interests and we look forward to working with you!
The website itself is pretty amateur and has a pretty direct message: http://www.fuckhugochavez.com/
The website is registered to one
The location address was indeed bought by a Clarence A. Stiehm for $312,500 in October 2007.
There's not a lot on the registrant himself (which is not surprising) apart from one mention in a National Defence University paper on the U.S. Military Presence in Honduras. The footnotes on p.41 refer to an:
"Interview with Major Clarence Stiehm. Army Defense Attache Office. U.S. Embassy, Tegucigalpa, Honduras. January 14, 1994."
The only other Clarence Stiehl was a student at the Word of Life Academy in Springfield, VA., class of 1998, possibly a son?
Of course, the Pentagon is situated in Arlington and Defence Attachés are nominated and under the control of the DIA.
Conspiracy? You tell me.
Update 08 June:
See BoRev's update here: