2. Ollanta Humala, current president of Peru, with cancer in the gut in 2011
3. Hugo Chavez, former president of Venezuela, with prostate Cancer in 2011
4. Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, former president of Brazil, with cancer of the larynx in 2011
5. Nestor Kirchner, former president of Argentina, with colon cancer in 2010
6. Fernando Lugo, former president of Paraguay, with lymph cancer in 2010
7. Evo Morales, current president of Bolivia, with cancer in the nasal cavities in 2009
8. Dilma Vana Rousseff, current president of Brazil, with cancer in the lymphatic system
9. Alexander Litvinenko, former Russian secret service officer, with polonium-210
poisoning in 2006
10. Yassar Arafat, former chair of the PLO, with brain hemorrhage in 2004
11. Khaled Meshaal, the leader of the Hamas, with the poisonous shutdown of the brain in 1996
On the one hand, the practice of hi-tech assassination has its own successes. For instance, in the above 11 illustrative cases, 4 attempts were successful, namely, the cases involving Hugo Chavez, Nestor Kirchner, Alexander Litvinenko, and Yassar Arafat.
Firstly, some attempts (like the 9 cases as mentioned earlier) have not been successful, for the time being at least — and the most notorious one concerns case #11, when Israel unsuccessfully attempted to silently kill Khaled Meshaal (with poison), but “one of Meshaal’s bodyguards, Muhammad Abu Saif, had chased the two Mossad agents who had carried out the operation and, with the help of a passing Palestinian Liberation Army officer, later captured them,” and “the failed assassination proved to be one of the greatest fiascos in the history of special operations, and a pivotal moment in the rise of Hamas,” and it had also humiliated Binyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister at the time (1996-1999) and also now (since 2009), since he was forced not only to provide “the antidote and the nature of the [toxins] used against Meshaal,” but also “to release the founder of Hamas [Sheikh Ahmed Yassin] from jail in a prisoner exchange deal,” as reported by Al Jazeera World on January 30, 2013.