US Silenced Information on Terrorism Supplied by Cuba
Prensa | May 26 2005
President Fidel Castro on Friday denounced that the US kept silent about information supplied by Cuba in September 1998 on terrorist attacks financed from Florida, whose methods were later repeated in detail in the 9/11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
Full Text of Fidel Castro May 20th Message
More than 200,000 Cubans gathered at the Jose Marti Anti-Imperialist Tribune, next to the US Interest Section in Havana heard their leader regret the thousands of lives lost in the attacks on the Twin Towers in New York.
In the document "A Different Conduct" Fidel Castro revealed contacts with the Clinton Administration in which Colombian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez delivered the message, amid a series of hotel bombings in Havana that killed Italian tourist Fabio Di Celmo and wounded several Cubans.
Clinton was also briefed on terrorist plans to bomb commercial planes transporting tourists between Cuba and Central America, as well as the funds supplied by the Cuban American National Foundation (CANF), part of the mercenary network perpetrating attacks in Cuba, the same network supervised by terrorist Luis Posada Carriles, now in custody for immigration charges in the US.
At that time Fidel Castro warned that bombing civilian planes "could become an epidemic as had previously occurred with hijackings" and warned of the involvement of counterrevolutionaries of Cuban origin.
The text presented to White House officials on May 7, 1997 warned that US intelligence had enough information on the people involved in the terrorist attacks against the Island, adding that they could prevent this new form of terrorism on time if they wished.
The letter stressed that Cuba could not assume such responsibility alone as there would soon be victims from other parts of the world.
Soon after Clinton received the letter, a panel of experts from the Federal Bureau of Investigations arrived in Havana and received hundreds of pages of information on the proposed attacks, as well as files with addresses and other data to locate 40 terrorists that lived and operated in Miami.
Cuba also supplied the FBI with 14 tapes of phone calls made by Luis Posada Carriles which provided information on anti-Cuba terrorist actions, and also data on the residence, the places he visited as well as details of the cars and plates used by Posada Carriles in El Salvador, Honduras, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Guatemala and Panama.
The FBI officials were grateful for the information which they considered very valuable, the Cuban leader stated, and they left Havana promising a quick response to such a serious matter.
After almost three months with no news, what occurred was the detention of the five Cubans who fought against those terrorist groups in Miami and were the main source of information about the criminal plans, he denounced.
"No terrorist was arrested anywhere," Fidel Castro contrasted, and mentioned the complicity between the then head of the FBI in Miami, Hector Pesquera, and the anti-Cuban counter-revolutionary groups.
He is the same character who, in Puerto Rico, gave impunity to a group caught by the coastguards in a yacht and heavily armed, whose mission was an assassination attempt on the life of the Cuban President during the Presidential Summit in Margarita Island, Venezuela.
The majority of the terrorists who carried out the September 11, 2001 attacks were then living and training in Miami, under the very nose of Pesquera, the Cuban Head of State said.
"Our information was serious and reliable and our denunciations were based on evidence," the President stated, concluding his speech by cheering the friendship between the people of Cuba and the US