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Chávez Backs Ecuador in Attacking U.S. Drug War

President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela on Wednesday backed Ecuador’s president-elect in his criticism of United States-financed spraying of Colombian drug crops, accusing Washington of hypocrisy in its war on drugs.

Mr. Chávez also insisted that the United States was using its antinarcotics drive to gain a military foothold in Latin America, and he accused the American envoy in Caracas of lying when he said drug smuggling was soaring in Venezuela.

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