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  Chavez accuses US-backed company of taping his calls
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Last EditedSC Moose  Jan 19, 2007 04:16pm
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News DateFriday, January 19, 2007 10:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionVenezuelan President Hugo Chavez accused a US-financed private telephone company he intends to nationalize of taping his conversations.

"I've announced my intention to nationalize" Compania Anonima Telefonos de Venezuela (CANTV), Chavez said at the close of the two-day Mercosur summit, adding that in the past 20 years "it did not comply with its social contracts."

"Who runs it? United States finance and they've used the Venezuelan telephone company to tape my calls," said the leftist Chavez, who since becoming president eight years ago has consistently clashed with Washington.

"That's the empire, brother," he added.
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