Two key, interconnected figures in the story of the Cuban Five are in the news. Guistino Di Celmo, 94, died in Havana on September 2, 2015. An Italian-born businessman, he relocated to Havana after his son, Fabio, was murdered by a terrorist bomb set off in the Copacabana Hotel on September 4, 1997. The terrorist behind the 1997 bombing […]

Havana, September 4, 1997, 11:00 a.m. Fabio Di Celmo was apologetic. Another day perhaps, he suggested into the telephone. The person at the other end of the line was a representative of Biconsa, a division of Cuba’s Ministry of Domestic Trade with whom he hoped to make a deal. But not today. Their appointment was for noon, […]

  Speaking at the University of California Center in Washington.   The following is an abridged version of a talk I gave about my forthcoming book, What Lies Across the Water: The Real Story of the Cuban Five, on April 18, 2012 at the Center for International Policy in Washington, D.C.. *** I am a […]

David M. Hardy Section Chief Record Information Dissemination Section Records Management Division FBI Washington, DC Dear David M. Hardy, Imagine my excitement when I received your recent letter in which you informed me that those FBI files you had previously said didn’t exist actually did. Four hundred and nine pages, to be exact, of which […]

For more than a year, I’ve been using American Freedom of Information legislation to try to obtain copies of “all reports, correspondence, memos, notes, emails and other records concerning a meeting between a delegation from the FBI and Cuban State Security in Havana in June 1998. My understanding is that the meeting itself took place […]

An open letter to the FBI about a certain meeting that took place in Havana in June 1998 and why they now claim to have no records of it… Dear David M. Hardy, Thanks for your letter of January 25, 2011, in which you inform me that “a new search of the indices of our […]

El Paso Federal Court House If you are inclined to conspiracy theories, you might conclude—based on the evidence of the first few days of testimony in the immigration fraud trial of alleged terrorist Luis Posada Carriles—that the U.S. government is doing its damnedest to lose the case. While the notion that prosecutors don’t want to […]

Laying the groundwork for what sounded very much like a Bill Clinton “I-did-not-have-sex-with-that-woman” defence, Luis Posada’s lawyer insisted today his client “told the truth… told substantially the truth on the major questions” that U.S. prosecutors insist he lied about. During opening arguments at Posada’s trial on charges he lied during his 2005 immigration application, Arturo […]

EL PASO, Texas–Luis Posada Carrile’s long-awaited, much delayed trial stuttered–almost literally–out of the gate Monday. Anti Posada demonstrators outside court house Judge Kathleen Cardone spent a long day bulk-questioning 130 potential jurors about everything from whether they’d read or heard anything about the case–42 had–to whether they, or their friends or family, had any connection […]

Barring some unforeseen delay or last-minute stall, alleged terrorist Luis Posada Carriles will finally get his day in court a week from today in an El Paso, Texas, courtroom. But he won’t be facing terrorism charges… at least not directly. Luis Posada Carriles Posada, 82—a Cuban-exile militant with a rap sheet that stretches back to […]