US televangelist says Venezuela threatens US with nuke
WASHINGTON (AFP) Oct 09, 2005
Prominent US televangelist Pat Robertson on Sunday accused Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez of giving Osama bin Laden 1.2 million dollars in cash after the September 11 attacks and of trying to obtain nuclear material from Iran.
Robertson caused an uproar in August when he called during his televised religious program for the US government to assassinate Chavez. He later was forced to to apologize to the leftist leader.
But the conservative preacher issued a new denunciation of Chavez Sunday.
"The truth is, this man is setting up a Marxist-type dictatorship in Venezuela, he's trying to spread Marxism throughout South America, he's negotiating with the Iranians to get nuclear material and he also sent 1.2 million dollars in cash to Osama bin Laden right after 9/11," Robertson told
"I apologized and I said I will be praying for him, but one day we will be staring nuclear weapons and it won't be (Hurricane) Katrina facing New Orleans, it's going to be a Venezuelan nuke," Robertson said.
"So my suggestion was, isn't it a lot cheaper sometimes to deal with these problems before you have to have a big war," he added.
Asked how he had obtained information on Chavez giving money to bin Laden, Robertson said: "Sources that came to me. That's what I was told."
"And I know he sent a warm congratulatory letter to Carlos the Jackal, he's a friend of (Libyan leader) Moamer Kadhafi," he said. "He's made common cause with these people that are considered terrorists."All rights reserved. © 2005 Agence France-Presse. Sections of the information displayed on this page (dispatches, photographs, logos) are protected by intellectual property rights owned by Agence France-Presse. As a consequence, you may not copy, reproduce, modify, transmit, publish, display or in any way commercially exploit any of the content of this section without the prior written consent of Agence France-Presse.