Federal prosecutors may have violated a court order on Sunday when they disclosed partial transcripts of interviews with anti-Castro militant Luis Posada Carriles, a source close to the case said today.
Lawyers defending Posada Carriles followed the government's lead on Wednesday, disclosing their version of one of the partial transcripts.
And now some of those who follow the case closely are wondering if the judge will sanction any of the lawyers just days before the Jan. 10 start of Posada Carriles' perjury trial in El Paso.
"The shit has hit the fan," said the source, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Prosecutors and defense lawyers are at odds over the accuracy of transcripts of three key interviews with Posada Carriles, a former CIA operative. They each have their own versions that they'd like to use.
But the transcripts had been sealed, the source said, so most of the fighting over the transcripts has gone on out of public view.
U.S. District Court Judge Kathleen Cardone has conducted much of the case in secrecy, and more than 90 percent of the documents filed were sealed at one point.
"The court has been so strict about this," the source said. "There is no question that the judge categorically sealed the records. But the government blatantly broke the seal. Why?"
"This is mind-blowing."
The prosecutors who signed the government's Jan. 2 document discussing the disputed transcripts are T. J. Reardon III, Jerome J. Teresinski and Bridget Behling. I sent an email to all three and will post any response here.
I also sent a message to Arturo Hernandez, an attorney for the defendant.