September 10, 1997

  • Cuban State Security announces the arrest of Salavdoran mercenary Raul Ernesto Cruz Leon for planting bombs at Cuban hotels but says the attacks were orchestrated by Miami-based exiles, including members of the Cuban American National Foundation. The full statement. See also this Spanish language video released  by Cuban State Security, in which León retraces his footsteps as he plants the bombs.

May 12, 1998:

  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s report to Fidel Castro on his meeting with the White House concerning an exile plot to blow up airliners filled with tourists traveling to Cuba from either Europe or Canada.

July 13, 1998:

  • Journalist Ann Louise Bardach’s reports (with Carribean bureau chief Larry Rohter) for the New York Times in which Luis Posada Carriles admits his role in the 1997 bombing campaign against Havana hotels: A Bomber’s Tale: Part 1A Bomber’s Tale: Part 2.

December 21, 1999:

  • Report of United Nations Special Rapporteur into the circumstances surrounding the 1997 hotel bombing campaign against Cuba. Among his conclusions: “The attacks on tourist facilities in Cuba were conceived as a sustained bombing campaign that would disturb the security of Cubans living in the island and, more particularly, of foreign tourists; the plan was prepared outside Cuba with the participation of Cuban-American agents having links to organizations hostile to the Government of Cuba, and executed using foreign mercenaries who were specially recruited, hired, trained and financed. The recruitment and training of those who were to carry out the attacks took place in third countries. These attacks were terrorist acts carried out by mercenary agents and as such must be categorically condemned… There is no such thing as good or bad terrorism according to who the target is or where the terrorist act takes place. Nor are there good or bad mercenaries depending on who they fight for or against…”

May 20, 2005:

  • Fidel Castro lays out the details of what he sees as the American betrayal in the summer of 1998 in a speech to the Cuban people.

November 15, 2007

  • Ann Louise Bardach testifies before the US House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on International Organizations, Human Rights and Oversight on her investigations into the activities of Luis Posada Carriles.

April 8, 2009

Luis Posada indicted for lying to authorities when attempting to enter America in 2005. He was  acquitted in 2011.


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