Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Newly declassified FBI report filed in Posada Carriles case

The name of the FBI "asset" and other details are blacked out in the document

Lawyers for Luis Posada Carriles' lawyers on Tuesday filed new documents saying that prosecutors have delayed releasing information in their case against the anti-Castro militant because they are determined to "win at all costs."
Among the documents they say the federal government belatedly introduced as evidence:
The document quotes an FBI "asset" who claims that Fidel Castro ordered the Havana bombings in 1997 because the Cuban president wanted to sabotage the January 1998 visit of Pope John Paul II. So, as this claim goes, Castro ordered MININT or MINFAR officers to plant the bombs.
The memo also mentions a competing theory: That disgruntled military officers were responsible for the string of bombings.

The dates of the four of the bombings occurred on or around dates that have military or security significance: the 1989 execution of Gen. Arnaldo Ochoa, the 1994 riots along the Malecon, the 1961 airfield bombings before the Bay of Pigs invasion and the 1933 "revolution of the sergeants."
Lawyers for Posada Carriles say prosecutors belatedly introduced such information because it casts doubt on their client's responsibility for the bombings, hurting the government's case against him.
They are hoping that U.S. District Court Judge Kathleen Cardone declares a mistrial. Prosecutors deny accusations that they've been slow to introduce evidence.
As for Posada Carriles, he appears to be holding up fine. He turned 83 today, and takes frequent naps while the legal proceedings go on, according to Jose Pertierra, a Washington, D.C., lawyer who represents the Venezuelan government in its case against the anti-Castro militant.

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