"It insinuates the transfer of responsibilities to the enemy, even though it seems strange," Puerta said.
Maduro's political opponents say the interim president is simply following Chavez's playbook. Throughout his 14-year-old rule, Chavez and his allies frequently warned that government foes were plotting to kill him, topple his government or destabilize the country.
Miguel Perez Pirela, the host of a program on state television, claimed last year that a newspaper crossword puzzle had a hidden call to kill Chavez's older brother, Adan. Intelligent agents went so far as to question the author of the puzzle, which was published in the Ultimas Noticias newspaper, and contained the Spanish word for "assassinate" intersecting with "Adan."
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