Luis Posada Carriles is seeking U.S. asylum

Cuban President Fidel Castro on Tuesday called for a massive demonstration next week to demand the United States arrest a man accused of plotting to kill him and masterminding the 1976 bombing of a Cuban airliner.

The US has denied it is harbouring &to=http:// ' target=_blank>Luis Posada Carriles, who reportedly entered the US some weeks ago after months in hiding and was said to be seeking asylum there. Posada Carriles is also wanted in Venezuela over the bombing of a Cuban airliner in 1976, in which 73 people were killed. He has denied involvement.

Castro accused the US government of lying when it said it did not know the whereabouts of Posada Carriles. He said the demonstration would be held next Tuesday before the US Interests Session, or diplomatic mission, in Havana. Posada Carriles once boasted of being responsible for a series of bomb attacks on Havana tourist spots in the 1990s. Five years ago, he was arrested in Panama and accused of plotting to kill Castro during a summit there, informs ND TV.

Declassified documents made public Tuesday link a Cuban exile seeking U.S. asylum -- long regarded as a violent opponent of Fidel Castro -- to a plot to bomb a Cuban airliner in 1976 and indicate he was on the CIA's payroll for years.

One FBI document dated Nov. 3, 1976, quotes a confidential informant saying Luis Posada Carriles was among a group that discussed "the bombing of a Cubana Airlines airplane" before an attack at a hotel bar in Caracas, Venezuela.

Posada, a former senior officer of the &to=http:// ' target=_blank>Venezuelan intelligence service, denies involvement in the bombing, which killed 73 people, including 24 members of Cuba's national fencing team, according to his lawyer, Eduardo Soto.

Soto did not immediately return a call for comment Tuesday. Other documents say Posada was also a CIA agent in the 1960s and that he was paid about $300 by the CIA while working with an alliance of several groups based in the Dominican Republic that sought Castro's overthrow.

Still another FBI document quoted an unnamed Cuban refugee as saying Posada was paid $5,000 in 1965 by a prominent Cuban exile in Miami to finance an attempt to attach powerful explosive mines to Cuban or Soviet ships in the port of Veracruz, Mexico.

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