Do I give you whiplash?

"I don’t persecute anyone. Law enforcement persecutes. The law persecutes, but I don’t give out orders."

Hugo Chávez a few hours ago, making the case for judicial independence, discussing his total non-involvement in the case against Globovisión owners Zuloaga and Mezerhane.

"A whole mafia; Econoinvest was a den of gangsters. They even stole computers… these guys even held forged ID cards; we found 700 files containing the identification of individuals, all of them with the same address and the same telephone number."

Hugo Chávez, a few minutes later, showing off his intimate, privileged knowledge of an ongoing police investigation against brokerage firm Econoinvest.