Well, what do you know? As if a team of former Iran-Contra hitmen within the Bush administration was not a complete giveaway, declassified US files have now revealed that a Cuban national, wanted by Venezuela for the bombing of a Cuban airliner 29 years ago, spent years on the CIA payroll.
Fidel Castro is calling for a huge national protest to demand that 77-year-old Luis Posada Carriles, who now lives in Miami and is applying for asylum in the USA, be extradited from the USA to Cuba. Venenzuela is also demanding extradition.
In an FBI report a day after the Cubana bombing, the agency said a source "all but admitted that Posada and [Miami doctor Orlando] Bosch had engineered the bombing of the airline".Cuba also blames Posada for a wave of bomb blasts at Cuban hotels that killed an Italian businessman in 1997.
Another FBI report cited a confidential source as saying that Posada was one of several people who met at least twice at the Anauco Hilton in Caracas to plot the attack.
The CIA reports acknowledged that Posada was a "former agent" in the 1960s and early 1970s and remained an informant until mid-1976.
He was paid $300 a month, one document said.
OK, let's play a game. Pretend that you are Karl Rove. What do you tell George to do?
(a) Put Cuba and Venezuela on your Axis Of Evil hitlist?
(b) Pretend Carriles cannot be found anywhere in the USA?
(c) Award Carriles the Medal Of Freedom and nominate him for UN Ambassador?