Friday, May 30, 2014

Groups seek info from US about exiles in Cuba

Posted on Thursday, 05.29.14

Groups seek info from US about exiles in Cuba

MIAMI -- Two groups have filed Freedom of Information Act requests
seeking details from the U.S. government about Cuban exiles detained on
the communist island in an alleged terrorist plot.

The requests were filed with the FBI, CIA and State Department by the
National Committee to Free the Cuban Five and the ANSWER Coalition, an
anti-war organization. Representatives of the groups said Thursday they
are seeking any information in U.S. possession about the four men and
any connections or support they may have had with Cuban exiles based in

"We believe that documentation will reveal a great deal," said Brian
Becker, national director of the ANSWER Coalition. "The point of the
documents is to find out the truth."

FOIA requests frequently take months or even years.

U.S. officials have said very little about the case since Cuba announced
earlier this month it had arrested four men from Miami for planning what
authorities called "terrorist actions" against military targets on the
island. They were the first such arrests in years.

The U.S. Interests Section in Havana issued a statement May 10
confirming a meeting with representatives of the Cuban Ministry of
Foreign Affairs. The statement said some information had been provided
by the Cubans and that was under review.

Miami-based Cuban exiles cited by Cuba as alleged backers of the plot,
including Santiago Alvarez and Luis Posada Carriles, have denied any
connection to the men. Both Alvarez and Posada were longtime CIA
operatives opposed to the communist Cuban government, and Posada is
accused of masterminding bombings including the 1976 downing of a Cuban
jetliner that killed 78 people.

Source: MIAMI: Groups seek info from US about exiles in Cuba - Florida
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