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Chavez is friends with Leon Panetta's Daughter-Fiction!
Summary of the eRumor: A forwarded email with an attached photo of
controversial Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, Sandinistas junta leader
Daniel Ortega and photographer Linda Panetta, warning that the daughter
of the man chosen by President Obama to lead the CIA is associating
with sworn enemies of the United States.
The Truth: A spokesperson for Linda Panetta's web site told
Truthorfiction.com that Leon Panetta is not her father. Leon
Panetta is the new CIA Director appointed by President Barack H. Obama
and the father of three sons. He has no daughters.
According to her Optical Realities web
site, "Linda Panetta is a photojournalist whose work focuses on
cultural, environmental and human rights, with a particular emphasis on
conflict zones, including: Guatemala and Nicaragua (late 1980's - 2007);
Mexico (Chiapas & Oaxaca), Argentina, Uruguay, Peru, Ecuador, Chile,
Panama, Venezuela, Haiti, Cuba, El Salvador, Colombia (Putumayo,
Barranca, Choco...), Afghanistan (2002), Iraq (2003 / 2004), Palestine
(2006 / 2008)"
Click here for Linda's web site
Accuracy in Media (AIM) reported on
January 19, 2009
that she said, “Not only am I not his
daughter but unfortunately I have not had the pleasure of meeting this
man who has done amazing work in his lifetime,” she said. “He and my
father may have been second cousins,” she acknowledged, but under no
circumstances is he her father."
Click for AIM story
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
Compañera Panetta, with Hugo Chavez and Daniel Ortega
January 10, 2009
This photo shows Chavez with his arm
around Linda Panetta, while former Sandinista junta leader Daniel Ortega
smiles on, at left. You saw it here first.
If the adult daughter of a CIA
Director-designate hangs out with sworn enemies of the United States,
it's a matter for the United States Senate to probe aggressively. And so
the Senate really has to ask some very pointed questions about Linda
Panetta, daughter of President-Elect Obama's pick to lead the CIA, and
her ties to Sandinista leader Daniel Ortega and Venezuelan dictator Hugo
Linda Panetta is a noted anti-military activist who has accused the US
military of teaching Latin American officers how to torture. She has
also been close to causes hostile toward the United States and friendly
to the old Soviet Union, and the regimes in Cuba, Venezuela and Iran.
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