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Sunday, May 6, 2007

FBI Investigates 1997 Cuban Bombing

From NPR.com: FBI agents recently traveled to Havana to try to gather evidence about a 1997 hotel bombing in the Cuban capital that might be linked to Luis Posada Carriles — a Cuban exile and a former CIA informant.

Government sources say the unusual trip by FBI investigators was motivated by an investigation of Posada by a federal grand jury in New Jersey. Posada falls under the grand jury's jurisdiction because he is thought to be connected to two New Jersey men implicated in the 1997 bombing.

The 79-year-old Posada is the Leonard Zelig of U.S.-Cuban relations. It seems that wherever there have been turning points between Washington and Havana, Posada has been there. He is militantly opposed to Fidel Castro and has been trying to topple his regime — even trying to assassinate him — for more than 40 years. He was a Bay of Pigs veteran and a former CIA operative and, more recently, because of his anti-Castro activities, an international fugitive.

The Department of Justice has been torn about how to handle him. The Bush administration has been handling him with kid gloves, in part because of his past relationship with the U.S. intelligence community. He is also very popular in the influential Cuban-American community, which sees him as an anti-Castro crusader. Rest of Article. . . [Mark Godsey]

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