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Man says ex-CIA agent Posada gave him explosives for hotel bombing

By David Edwards
Wednesday, February 9, 2011 12:48 EDT
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In an exclusive interview Tuesday, a Salvadoran man told The Associated Press that a former CIA operative gave him powerful explosives and cash to carry out a 1997 hotel bombing in Cuba.

Otto Rene Rodriguez said that he was given C-4 explosives and $2,000 by Luis Posada Carriles to enable the bombing at Havana’s Melia Cohiba hotel on Aug. 3, 1997. He was later captured in Cuba with 3.3 pounds of C-4 that he said was given to him by Posada.

“Truthfully, looking me in the eyes he cannot say he doesn’t know me,” Rodriguez told the wire service. “He does know me. He used me like a tool.”

Posada, 82, is on trial for lying to US immigration agents about his arrival in the United States in 2005, charges that carry a maximum penalty of 60 years in prison.

“An American prosecutor came here and talked to me, and I promised that if I needed to testify against (the man I knew as) Ignacio Medina, I would,” Rodriguez said.

Cuba made Rodriguez available for an interview with The Associated Press to show it was willing to cooperate with the trial.

Interviews with Rodriguez and another confessed hotel bomber, Ernesto Cruz Leon, were conducted Tuesday in the presence of Cuban officials. The Associated Press had no way to verify either of their stories.

With a history of anti-Fidel Castro militancy that dates back to the 1961 CIA-backed Bay of Pigs invasion, Posada worked through the Cold War for intelligence services in Nicaragua, Venezuela, Guatemala, El Salvador, Chile and Argentina.

US documents show he also worked for the CIA from 1965 to June 1976.

Then on October 6, 1976 a Cubana de Aviacion airliner blew up with 73 people aboard, including the Cuban national fencing team, after taking off from Barbados on a flight to Havana that originated in Venezuela. All aboard were killed.

Posada Carriles was arrested in Venezuela on charges stemming from the bombing, but he escaped from prison in 1985 while awaiting trial.

He later turned up in El Salvador running guns to Nicaraguan contra rebels in a clandestine US-backed operation.

In 2000, he was sentenced to eight years in prison in Panama for plotting to assassinate then-Cuban president Fidel Castro at an Ibero American summit. But Posada Carriles was pardoned four years later, and soon made his way to Miami, where he now lives with his family.

He was jailed in the United States for illegally entering the country, but was freed on parole in May 2007 by a federal judge in Texas.

The judge ruled that the US government had entrapped Posada Carriles by using an interview for citizenship as a way to gather evidence against him.

The US government appealed his release and was currently pursuing charges of perjury, presented against Posada in 2009.

Ironically, one of the women who accused WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange of sexual assault has also been linked to Posada.

– with AFP

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
 
 
 
 
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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KLF5SUA5RDYXG54WWF5SHMVRAI X

    Hey, some guys like to travel with bombs.

  • Anonymous

    This whole thing stinks. Read carefully.

    He was jailed in the United States for illegally entering the country, but was freed on parole in May 2007 by a federal judge in Texas.

    Parole? Texas judge? Yeah, okay.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/RepublicConstitution?feature=mhum TruthRegimes

    CIA involved in wrongdoing? Say it isn’t so.

  • Anonymous

    This may be a snarky question but…..
    is there really such a thing as “ex cia”?

  • Anonymous

    Like the Reichstagg? Like the Birkenstock-wearing hippies from Agnews army? Like the CIA agent that helped to kill Trotsky?:

    Trotsky assassination ‘planned from US drug store’

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20110204/wl_afp/usrussiamexicohistoryintelligencetrotsky

    I have carpal tunnel syndrome from keeping up with these incidences.

  • Comrade

    Ironically, one of the women who accused WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange of sexual assault has also been linked to Posada.

    That isn’t irony: it’s a pattern.

    http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/irony

  • Anonymous

    Posada Carrilles is a fucking terrorist. He blew up an airliner. But he’s our fucking terrorist so that makes him totally cool with our terrorist government.

  • Anonymous

    He deserves a green card. Sounds like an American wet dream to me.

  • Anonymous

    I wonder who is funding all these Suicide Bombers in Afghanistan,Iraq and Pakistan.Watch out Egypt this show will be coming to theatre near you soon.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/3ETFGMQ3B7VD4AAMILBBEVMCWE JasonA

    Once again the CIA and by extension the American government has shown itself to be a criminal operation.

  • Anonymous

    It shows how little our government and their operatives think of the rule of law, and how little they value human life.

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    (cough) 9/11 (cough)

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    Never leave home without one.

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    Best to ask this guy
    http://tinyurl.com/6jxotus

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZDBCUTOR7XW24NTIF7XEHLJ34Q Oz

    “Former” CIA operative = No Such Thing.

  • Anonymous

    Touche`

  • Anonymous

    It’s only “terrorism” when “they” do it!

  • Anonymous

    “Interviews with Rodriguez and another confessed hotel bomber, Ernesto Cruz Leon, were conducted Tuesday in the presence of Cuban officials. The Associated Press had no way to verify either of their stories.”

    Maybe wikileaks has a cable somewhere that will finally substantiate the US government’s complicity in the whole damn sorted affair. But I doubt it. I don’t think the CIA does much by email or other written documentation that could be accessed by some Army private!

  • Anonymous

    “one of the women who accused WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange of sexual assault has also been linked to Posada.”

    My My! Isn’t that a coincidence!!!??? Who would have thought this scandal might be linked to the cia? [ well not counting all who are literate and can actually speak]

  • http://www.911Blogger.com/ Orangutan.

    Sounds like the 9/11 and Anthrax attacks too. When are we going to wake up and confront these guys.

  • http://mexfiles.net Richard Grabman

    Uh… Trotsky was assassinated in 1940. The dubious claim that the murder was planned in New Mexico aside, there wasn’t any CIA at the time.

  • Anonymous

    Here’s the irony: the US, directly or indirectly, bombs buildings and planes in Cuba but it is the Cubans who are on the US terrorist list.

    Cuba made Rodriguez available for an interview with The Associate Press to show it was willing to cooperate with the trial.

    Sniker, sniker, sniker. Which Rodriguez? The island is full of them. And Cuba volunteering anything? ROFL! That will be the day. And that right there is the tail-tell sign of the set up. Anything that comes out Cuba should be turned inside out, scanned, disinfected and then discarded as the toxic garbage that it is.

  • Anonymous

    This is simply too much! Please don’t expect anyone to believe that it is simply a coincidence that an alleged rape victim is involved with a known terrorist and former CIA operative. Really does the US government think the rest of the world just fell off a turnip truck? How utterly ludicrous and actually completely outrageous. The whole “case” against Assange should be dropped immediately and Sweden should tell the US to back off and do its own dirty work.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/42THFKXIPMJHQBIH6OPI4RVIDY Thebes

    Never accept bombs from strangers.

    geez, and yet every time I suggest the CIA might be behind a bombing or other incident I get called a paranoid nutjob…

  • Anonymous

    Better read this before you continue spreading misinformation.

    Olbermann, Assange, and the Holocaust Denier

    When you want to believe, you’ll believe anything.

    http://reason.com/archives/2010/12/07/olbermann-assange-and-the-holo

  • Anonymous

    !st things 1st .. .There is no such thing as an EX CIA AGENT.

  • Anonymous

    Imagine that. They’re probably “whining” for the same reasons that Egyptians, the Palestinians, the Tunis or any other people who live under the grip of a dictator “whine” the usual stuff, oppression, repression, lack of human rights, poverty, etc., small stuff, really.

    As for the CDRs (Comités de Defensa de la Revolución), they were created to spy on the citizens not to defend anything, the “Defense of the Revolution” part notwithstanding. Uninformed people such as yourself are a threat to oppressed people everywhere.

    As for the Cuban 5, you are repeating what the government of Cuba says. But, of course, they wouldn’t lie. They are the only dictatorship in the world that doesn’t lie. Better yet, they are the only government in the world that doesn’t lie. All the others do but the Castro brothers tell the truth. BTW, I’m selling a slightly used bridge in Brooklyn, wanna buy it?

  • Anonymous

    That’s not true. See how that hoax got started:

    Olbermann, Assange, and the Holocaust Denier

    When you want to believe, you’ll believe anything.

    http://reason.com/archives/2010/12/07/olbermann-assange-and-the-holo

  • Anonymous

    Luis Posada Cariles is being “tried” in Texas.

  • Anonymous

    What is that website put up by the AEI, proping the new religio/mythology of America/Jesus as the eternal force for good?

  • Anonymous

    Well we all know that the Bush/Cheney junta never lied, ever, at all.

  • Anonymous

    Ok, ok lemming boy, we got your point, leave us alone. Now go get your buddy Jeff Gannon and jaggoff to some Oli North pictures.

  • Anonymous

    Ok,ok…go away, leave us alone lemming boy. Tellya what, go get your buddy Jeff Gannon and go jaggoff to some Oli North pics.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bob-Zentrails/100001475536421 Bob Zentrails

    You’re wrong. They become ex after they are dead.

    Then they get a star on that floor there in DC.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bob-Zentrails/100001475536421 Bob Zentrails

    “Ironically, one of the women who accused WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange of sexual assault has also been linked to Posada.”

    You just can’t make stuff like this up.

    For this you need the CIA. LOL

  • Anonymous

    “The judge ruled that the US government had entrapped… so many potential “terrorists” that it had given its game away, but still the sheeple followed blindly down the path, gladly towing the MSM line until one day they all fell into the gaping pit…

  • Anonymous

    We manufacture enemies in support of centralized control and the defense/security industry. This makes us less safe and more broke.

  • Anonymous

    The USA and Israel are the two leading terrorist nations in the world.

  • Anonymous

    I’m surprised you haven’t yet been mauled in the forum, for daring to question the events of 9/11.

  • Anonymous

    Soon Cessnadriver, and the other 9/11 questions deniers, will be out in full force trying to relieve you of your cough.

    (cough) 9/11 (cough)

  • mick

    curiouser and curiouser !

  • mick

    and only when their dead…

  • ghostof911

    They only prove their worth when they’re dead, taking all their secrets to the grave. That’s why the Rs in Congress are having conniptions about Raymond Davis. He knows way too much, and all the Rs are freaking out that the Pakistanis will get him to sing.

    http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/worldview/110203/pakistan-raymond-davis#

  • Anonymous

    We spend far too much on the CIA and similar more secret groups, and they do far more harm than good. We need to cut the black budget completely, and anything that can’t be financed aboveboard should not be financed at all. They make fools of us all over the world, and now they are trying to install their man Sulieman as president of Egypt, much to our embarrassment since we the people are trying to support democracy there.

  • Elim

    There are no “ex” CIA agents.

  • Elim

    If the Patriot Act isn’t extended like Obama wants, the government will entrap another terrorist they have recruited to make sure the Congress and the Senate toe the line and pass that piece of shit.

  • Phil E. Drifter

    One and done. That’s exactly what I came here to say.

    Everyone should get a copy of Jesse Ventura’s “American Conspiracies,” if for nothing else than the chapter where he covers how he was interrogated by the CIA (in the basement of the Minnesota capital, no less) on how the hell he won an election as an Independent (so they could learn from him to prevent it from happening again).

  • Elim

    Lol, I said that above you before I read the comments. Raw Readers think alike, or are people waking up, finally?

  • Elim

    But when it gets this obvious and those idiots continue to accuse you of wearing a tinfoil hat, you are then totally justified in calling them clueless morons.

  • Anonymous

    Of course we did that but it was for a good cause, right?

  • Elim

    The FBI also assisted the bombers in the first WTC bombing, in exactly the same way as that kid in WA state, except that time, some higher-ups decided to let the operation proceed. There are criminal elements operating on every level of our government, WITH our governments cooperation.

  • Elim

    I would agree that if the connection between the two is not even enough to call tenuous, it doesn’t warrant linking the lady to the CIA. The same goes for the way the government is trying to link Assange with Manning. They have not been able to find any connection between the two men.

  • Elim

    Um…1940 is before WW2, for the US. The OSS wasn’t formed until 1942, and the CIA in 1945.

  • Elim

    I knew it would be a picture of that asshole.

  • Elim

    Then they’d better find him not guilty or free him on appeal, so he doesn’t bomb some Feds to encourage them to do the “right” thing.

  • Elim

    We should really take the time to read the comments first, if there are not too many (for me it’s over 100, ymmv). If you had said that, you would have been the seventh to do so.

    As for an Independent winning an election, they figured out how to prevent that with Diebold and certain other methods.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/XZOZFUWR3YKJ25ZUAQQZWO7R6I SR

    Pretty much the CIA carries out the agenda of our central banksters, and they have the nerve to force US tax payers to pay for it without ever disclosing what they intend on using the funds for.

    We finance our own destruction for the pleasure of a tiny financial elite.

  • Anonymous

    not to be a dick here but the cia was ’47, the national security act i believe it was called. truman also called letting it pass his biggest mistake,. sorry about no caps here ‘cept i am lieing in bed typing with 1 hand.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RT3XX4DFKZ2AD7JHO3D3PZ7G4M ChrisK

    Ask him were he was when JFK was shot? Did you know that bush was in Dallas.

  • Anonymous

    Is that so? And your proof would be…? And no doubt you read the article, right?

  • Anonymous

    And WTF do Bush and Cheney have to do with the lies of the Cuban government again? Please explain because I can’t see the connection much less the relevance of your statement. You must be a graduate of the Castro Hasbara School of Propaganda.

  • Anonymous

    Wow! A ray of reason among a mob of self-brainwashed, mental defectives.

    And, yes, the link couldn’t be more fake or contrived. BTW, the stretch is being made thru the Ladies in White whose only connection to Luis Posada Carriles is the one made by the mentally-retarded pseudo-Communists in the US who assume that just because a person is Cuban or against Castro (which is only about 11 million Cubans combined) they have to be “a whackjob from Miami” – How dare Cubans have grievances against their sanguine bloody dictator? And if they do, they must be “whackjobs from Miami” after all, there is no other kind of Cuba and must be demented to object to his atrocities.

  • Anonymous

    The feds are his employers, financiers and friends, remember? He wouldn’t do that to them. Besides, at 82, the MF probably needs several assistants to carry the explosives, bodyguards and nurses to push his wheelchair, give him his meds & change his Dependends. I’m sure that he enjoys some of that good ole Medicare to pay for it all though.

  • Anonymous

    That link is absolute bullshit. Something which, apparently, Democrat boy darling Keith Obermann literally pulled out of his ass. Anyone with real, first-hand knowledge of Cuba (instead of the mentally deficient pseudo Communists who have swallowed Castro’s rudimentary anti-imperialist rhetoric) would know that at first glance.

    Olbermann, Assange, and the Holocaust Denier

    When you want to believe, you’ll believe anything.

    http://reason.com/archives/2010/12/07/olbermann-assange-and-the-holo

  • Anonymous

    Indeed sir and your wit, incisiveness and perspicacity tell me you must be a graduate of the Jeff Gannon School of In Flagrante Delecto.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/L5PHKRPFHK3LLTRDNVH2ZBIWOA Cal

    It just goes to show that the ‘War on Terror’ is nothing but a complete sham – from the invasion of Iraq to naked body scanners at airports to the ‘mission creep’ at Homeland Security (Gestapo).

  • Phil E. Drifter

    http://www.rotten.com/library/conspiracy/cia/
    “In 1947, the CIA was officially born (about a year after it had already effectively started operations), under the auspices of President Harry Truman and the National Security Act. In 1948, its charter was expanded to include “covert actions” in addition to intelligence-gathering. In 1949, the Central Intelligence Act broadened the scope of the CIA’s powers and eliminated most oversight and accountability. “

  • Anonymous

    I got KGB mixed up with CIA…….Thanks for the correction.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=782469160 Gary Price

    Kennedy was correct for wanting to get rid of the CIA. What a bunch of nut jobs.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1046573071 Matt Mosley

    Just like WTC ’93

  • Anonymous

    A troll afflicted by a chronic case of diarrhea of the mouth. Perfect!

  • Anonymous

    Bro what the fuck, are you like 11 years old? Kiss my fucking ass you child before I give you the fucking whuppin your daddy shoulda’.

  • Anonymous

    Intelligent, witty and articulate. Where does it end?

    And speaking of being 11 years old and suffering from absent daddy syndrome…

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