Posada, if you're unfamiliar with your violent anti-Castro types, has been convicted in absentia of bombing a jetliner in 1976 that killed 73 Cubans. He's also admitted to planning a series of bombings around Havana in 1997, and was briefly jailed on a plot to assassinate the bearded one in Panama in 2000.
Seems like a pretty bad dude, right? Well, a whole new side of Posada emerged this morning thanks to a recently declassified ream of CIA documents.
Between planning bombings and going after Fidel, Posada was apparently also a big-time CIA snitch, informing on other anti-Castro radicals to the feds.
"[Posada] is not a typical kind of 'boom and bang' individual. He is acutely aware of the international implications of ill-planned or overly enthusiastic activities against Cuba," wrote one of Posada's CIA handlers back in 1962, according to the Associated Press's story about the new files.
It's difficult to say who looks worse thanks to the newly public papers.
Is it Posada, who surely is going to have some uncomfortable questions to answer next time he sets up shop with the old guard at Versailles?
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Or the CIA, which apparently groomed Posada for years, insisting he was "moderate" even as he planned the most deadly anti-Castro violence ever pulled off from American soil?
We've got to go with the CIA on this one. Call it another huge misfire for America's bumbling spies.