Tuesday, January 11, 2011

CIA: Posada Carriles "of good character, very reliable"

"..The reputed godfather of Cuban exile violence, Luis Posada Carriles, may finally face a modicum of accountability for his many crimes," Peter Kornbluh writes in an interesting backgrounder, "Former CIA Asset Luis Posada Goes to Trial."
Kornbluh writes with authority and it is no wonder. His organization, the non-profit National Security Archive at George Washington University, has one of the country's best collections of declassified documents on Cuban exile violence, the CIA, the Cold War, U.S. intervention in Latin America and other topics.
As the Posada Carriles trial got underway in El Paso, the National Security Archive posted CIA records covering the defendant's "association with the agency in the 1960s and 1970s."
The organization reported:
CIA personnel records described Posada, using his codename, “AMCLEVE/15,” as “a paid agent” at $300 a month, being utilized as a training instructor for other exile operatives, as well as an informant.
“Subject is of good character, very reliable and security conscious,” the CIA reported in 1965. Posada, another CIA document observed, incorrectly, was “not a typical ‘boom and bang’ type of individual.”
There's also insightful information on the blog Mambi Watch, which has followed the Posada Carriles case for many years.
The blog has fresh information giving readers a sense for the depth and kind of support that Posada Carriles has in South Florida. Recent posts are entitled:
Mambi Watch also cited a YouTube video showing Rep. David Rivera voicing support for Posada Carriles at a fund-raising event for the anti-Castro militant.
Another interesting clip dates to 2006, when Ann Louise Bardach reported that boxes of evidence against Posada Carriles had been removed from an FBI storage room and evidently destroyed. She wrote:
Among the documents that disappeared was the original signed fax that Posada had sent to collaborators in Guatemala in 1997, complaining of the U.S. media's reluctance to believe reports about a series of bombings in Cuba, which he hoped would scare tourists and investors away from Castro's island....
Without the materials that were removed from the evidence room, which also included cables and money transfers between Posada and his collaborators in the Cuban bombings, a criminal prosecution of Posada is severely hobbled.

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