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Unformatted text preview: members of Venezuela's government and Colombian guerrillas and allowing them refuge in Venezuelan territory, its role in narcotrafficking, Ch ávez' increasing control over the judicial and legislative branches, steady erosion of checks and balances, and violations of human rights and freedom of the press.¶ Palmer's responses—which he thought would be closely held, according to several sources at the State Department, including the ambassadordesignate himself—were newsworthy, especially at a time of heightened tensions between Colombia and Venezuela. The QFR ripped around town and the world, media reports picked up Palmer's statements, thereby setting off the wildfire. So much for the State Department trying to keep a "low profile" on Venezuela and the sensitive situation in the Andean region. ¶ Chávez called foul and interference, telling President Obama to find another candidate because Larry Palmer would not be welcome.¶ In August, Chávez had said on his TV show, "How can you think I'd accept this gentleman coming here?...You'd best withdraw him, Obama. Don't insist, I'm asking y...
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- Summer '12