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New documents link Cuban militant Posada Carriles to airliner bombing

By Curt Anderson

The Associated Press

MIAMI -- Cuban militant exile Luis Posada Carriles said shortly before the deadly 1976 bombing of a Cuban airliner that he and others “are going to hit a Cuban airplane,” according to a declassified CIA document released Thursday.

The 1976 cable quotes an unnamed former Venezuelan official known as a “usually reliable reporter” as saying that Posada made the remark following a $1,100-a-plate fund-raising dinner in Caracas for Orlando Bosch, a leader of Cuban exiles opposed to the communist government of President Fidel Castro.

The CIA documents says that during the dinner, Bosch made the comment that his organization was “looking good” after the Sept. 21, 1976 assassination in Washington of Chilean Foreign Minister Orlando Letelier and that “we are going to try something else.”

“A few days following the fund-raising dinner, Posada was overhead to say that 'we are going to hit a Cuban airplane' and that 'Orlando has the details,''' the CIA cable says, adding that the identities of “we” and “Orlando” were not certain.

Posada, 77, was arrested May 17 in Miami and is being held by U.S. immigration authorities in El Paso, Texas, on charges of entering the country illegally in March. Venezuela plans to seek his extradition in the airliner bombing, which killed 73 people when it crashed of the coast of Barbados on Oct. 6, 1976.

Posada, a former CIA operative and ex-Venezuelan security official, plans to seek political asylum in the United States and has denied taking part in the bombing. A hearing for Posada is scheduled Monday before an immigration judge in El Paso.

Two Venezuelan trials failed to convict Posada in the airline bombing, and he was awaiting a third trial when he escaped from prison in 1985. Months later, he surfaced in El Salvador as part of the U.S. effort to supply arms purchased from Iran to the Contras attempting to topple the leftist Sandinista government of Nicaragua.

The CIA cable is among several newly declassified documents regarding Posada that were released Thursday by the National Security Archive, a nonprofit organization based at George Washington University. Other documents include a lengthy 1992 FBI interview in Honduras with Posada about the Iran-Contra affair and a CIA summary of his activities for the spy agency in the 1960s and 1970s.

Peter Kornbluh, director of the archive's Cuba Documentation Project, said the documents demonstrate the need for the CIA to declassify what it knows about Posada ``as a concrete contribution to justice for those who have committed acts of terror.''

Posada's attorney in Miami, Eduardo Soto, did not immediately return a telephone call seeking comment.

According to the new documents:

--Posada was trained in Guatemala in 1961 by the CIA to participate in the failed Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba. That training included explosives and weapons. He was in the U.S. Army from March 1963 to March 1964 in Fort Benning, Ga., rising to the rank of second lieutenant and commanding a Ranger weapons platoon.

--Posada was used as a CIA source on Cuban exile activities and worked in 1965 with a Miami-based group attempting to overthrow the Guatemalan government. He was “formally terminated” as a CIA operative in July 1967, then moved to Caracas and became a Venezuelan security official. He attempted to get a U.S. visa for himself and his wife in July 1976 but was denied.

--Posada saved about $40,000 from his pay as part of the Iran-Contra project. His job at an airfield in El Salvador in 1985 was mainly to “take care of all the needs of the resupply personnel” including “food and beer.” But he also flew periodically on the resupply flights, mainly because his fluency in Spanish was needed to communicate on the radio. <END QUOTE>

Don Roberdeau

U.S.S. John F. Kennedy, CV-67, "Big John" Plank Walker

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And I can picture President Bush holding a gun on himself, a la Cleavon Little in the movie, Blazing Saddles.


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