Luis Posada Carriles Got $300 a Month From CIA and Hoodwinked the Spies, Declassified Docs Show

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In case you needed any more proof that the CIA often is not the most astute judge of character, check out this 1966 report on accused anti-Castro mass murderer Luis Posada Carriles: "Although ... dedicated to the overthrow of Castro, he is not a typical 'boom and bang' type of individual," an agent wrote of Posada. Ooops!

That colossal misjudgment -- along with lots of other juicy info, including Carriles' $300-per-month salary as a spy -- are included in a batch of declassified CIA documents posted online this week as jurors in Texas hear Posada's trial for allegedly blowing up a Cuban hotel.

The documents, posted online by the National Security Archive, run the gamut from routine CIA files on Posada's post-Bay of Pigs work for the agency to fairly damning reports linking Posada to a bombed Cuban airliner that killed 74 innocent passengers.

Posada first made contact with the spooks in 1961 during the planning for the Bay of Pigs fiasco and then became a "paid asset" from 1965 - 67 and again from 1968 - 74. His salary was $300 a week.

The reports also show that, in the early days, Posada's handlers thought the world of him. The same report that judges Posada not to be a "boom and bang" type of character goes on to note that "he is acutely aware of the international implications of ill planned or over-enthusiastic activities against Cuba."

Later, the docs show, the relationship soured as the CIA learned of possible links between Posada and mob leaders and gleaned evidence that he'd conspired to take down Cubana flight 455.

The agency's last contact with the anti-Casto zealot came in 1993, when they called him in Honduras to warn him "about a threat against his life."

Oral arguments in the immigration case against Posada -- who faces charges of lying to immigration officials about his role in a 1997 Havana hotel bombing that killed an Italian tourist -- are supposed to start this afternoon.

Here's the declassified summary of all Posada's CIA skullduggery:

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a short dance at the end of a rope should settle this.The victims, (of Miami killers George Zimmerman and Posada Carriles), are crying for justice.


I cannot wait until the day that all the “Batistianos” are no more! Because of their corrupt culture, Castro was able to take Cuba, and ultimately hold it hostage for four decades. Then, these same buffoons actually thought, they would be able to retake the island from the USSR, as if!

The CIA used these fools, in their clandestine fight against the red horde, with empty promises of a free and democratic Cuba. It is amazing that the “exilio” honestly believed that the USA actually cared a lick, about an island nation, which was nothing more than just another tourist destination in the Caribbean.

Curt Bender
Curt Bender

Luis Posada-Carilles is a terrorist and a mass murderer. Only sick bastards like some extremists in the Cuban exile community in Miami think he is a hero. Hopefully the jurors in El Paso will convict him and he will spend the rest of his life in Jail!


Miami Times Quote ---"who faces charges of lying to immigration officials about his role in a 1997 Havana hotel bombing that killed an Italian tourist -- are supposed to start this afternoon." ---

Quoted from"The desperate attempts by the prosecution to block any mention of the Castro regime's proclivity for lying and fabrications makes the weakness in their case obvious. Whenever you need to depend on evidence and testimony provided by a lawless and criminal Cuban dictatorship, you are telling the world that your goal is not justice, your goal is revenge. "

"Officials of a Stalinist regime that craved Nuclear war, that murdered more political prisoners in its first three years in power than Hitler murdered in his first six, that jailed political prisoners at a higher rate than Stalin, and that declared "judicial evidence is an archaic bourgeois detail" will testify for the prosecution in the courtroom of the nation they craved to nuke and denounce as "a vulture preying on humanity!" and "the great enemy of mankind!"

A Proud American
A Proud American

You sound, act and think like a Castro agent determined to destroy our democracy. I'm sure that you are also trying to liberate the five cuban spies that were convicted of killing innocent american citizens.

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