Castro claims Cuba helped save Reagan
HAVANA (AP) -- Fidel Castro claims Cuba's government saved the life of President Reagan by giving American officials information about an assassination plot in 1984.
The essay published Wednesday in the Communist Party newspaper Granma appeared to be the first time Cuba has made the claim. It seemed aimed at showing Cuba has cooperated with the United States in the past.
Castro, who has not appeared in public for more than a year, wrote that a Cuban security official stationed at the United Nations told the then U.S. mission security chief about an extreme right-wing group that was planning to kill Reagan during a trip to North Carolina.
Of course he had to say, "extreme right wing group." He couldn't very well sell out his left-wing buddies who had been so good to him, could he?
Like all good fairy tales, this one has an aire of mystery:
"The information was complete: the names of those implicated in the plan; day, time and hour where the assassination could occur; the type of weapon the terrorists had and where they kept their arms; and along with all that, the meeting place of those elements planning the action as well as a brief summary of what had occurred in said meeting," Castro wrote.
He did not say how Cuba obtained the information.
Hmmm.... fancy that.
After a career of murder and oppression, it would appear that Uncle Fidel took up another avocation:
Castro has not been seen in public since mid-2006, when he released a statement saying he had undergone intestinal surgery and ceded power to his younger brother Raul. In late March, he began writing occasional essays, mostly on international themes.
But if there's any justice, Fidel is already following the footsteps of his old despotic Spanish pal, Generalissimo Francisco Franco.
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