NSA: Bombing of Cuban Jetliner 40 Years Later

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National Security Archive Calls on Obama administration to Release Still-Secret Documents

National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 202 (Update)

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Washington D.C., October 6, 2016 – On the 40th anniversary of the first and only mid-air bombing of a civilian airliner in the Western Hemisphere, the National Security Archive today called on the Obama Administration to declassify all remaining intelligence records on Luis Posada Carriles to shed light on his activities, provide historical evidence for his victims, and make a gesture of declassified diplomacy towards Cuba.

Toward that goal, the Archive today reposted documents implicating Posada Carriles in that terrorist crime and identifying still secret records to be declassified.

Posada illegally entered the United States in the spring of 2005; he was subsequently prosecuted for immigration fraud in Texas but acquitted. He currently lives freely in Miami.

During the secret talks in 2013 and 2014 between White House officials and representatives of Raul Castro that led to the restoration of diplomatic relations, the Cubans repeatedly raised the issue of Posada’s presence in the United States.

Among the documents reposted is an annotated list of four volumes of still-secret records on Posada’s career with the CIA, his acts of violence, and his suspected involvement in the bombing of Cubana flight 455 on October 6, 1976, which took the lives of all 73 people on board, many of them teenagers.

The National Security Archive, which has sought the declassification of the Posada files through the Freedom of Information Act, again called on the Obama administration to release all intelligence files on Posada. “Now is the time for the government to come clean on Posada’s covert past and his involvement in international terrorism,” said Peter Kornbluh, who directs the Archive’s Cuba Documentation Project. “His victims, the public, and the courts have a right to know.”

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