A little about "The Jackal" from the article:
Carlos, whose real name is Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, gained notoriety during the Cold War for staging a string of bombings and assassinations. He is serving a life sentence for murder in France.Apparently, they've been pen-pals:
Chavez recalled in his speech how Ramirez once in a letter referred to the Venezuelan leader's 1999 tour of OPEC member states.
He said Carlos, "a good friend," said in the missive from his prison that the tour appeared "hair-raising."
Small wonder that friendship with Chavez was recently described as "toxic".