Francisco José “Pepe” Hernández, president of the Cuban American National Foundation, reiterates that “just like me,” his friend Luis Posada Carriles is no terrorist
For Francisco José “Pepe” Hernández, the head of the Cuban American National Foundation, Luis Posada Carriles is not a terrorist. The terrorist Hernández, who strives to advise President Obama, made this statement in an extremely long interview distributed from Miami by the Associated Press, in which he also admitted to having worked in different parts of the world on behalf of the CIA.
Pepe Hernández directly arranged the plans to assassinate Cuba’s president in Panama, in the year 2000.
It’s the second time this year that Hernández has acknowledged his links with the torturer, murderer and drug trafficker who, along with Orlando Bosch, planned and ordered the mid-flight destruction of a Cuban airliner in 1976, causing the death of 73 people.
“Public opinion presents him [Posada Carriles] as a terrorist, and he isn’t one,” said Hernández. “Just like me, I always wanted to topple the Cuban government, but not terrorize the Cuban people,” he said.
Stating that he’s changed, “Pepe” Hernández says in a conversation with the journalist Laura Wides-Muñoz, that the current U.S. president, Barack Obama, canceled the restrictions on Cuban-American travel to Cuba, because the “Foundation” recommended it.
The current CANF president was one of the organization’s first directors, created at the beginning of the 1980’s by Jorge Mas Canosa, under arrangements made by the Central Intelligence Agency, which wanted to create a Cuban-American lobby capable of buying space for itself with Washington politicians.
He Was Never Accused of Being the Owner of a 50-Caliber Weapon on La Esperanza
According to Antonio “Toñín” Llama, a dissident ex-CANF director, “Pepe” Hernández was named the head of his paramilitary group at the annual meeting of the organization in June of 1992.
In 1997, the U.S. Coast Guard stopped the La Esperanza yacht in Puerto Rican waters. The yacht, belonging to Llama, with its six crewmembers, was headed for Isla Margarita, with the intention of assassinating the Cuban President, Fidel Castro, at the Ibero-American Summit. One of the 50-caliber weapons found on board belonged to Hernández, who was never accused thanks to his CIA connections.
At 73 years of age, in an AP interview, he tells, as though it was something courageous, how he worked as a CIA agent in the first years of the Cuban revolution, with the mercenary troops who were operating then in Cuba on the agency’s behalf.
Taken prisoner during the failed invasion at Playa Girón, Hernández joined the U.S. Army where, the text of the interview says enigmatically, he “worked with espionage services during the Vietnam war.”
“He also carried out missions for the CIA in the Middle East and Africa,” revealed the source without further details. “He says that on one occasion he spent six hours hidden in a closet at the Hilton hotel in Nairobi, during a failed coup d’etat in Kenya in 1982.” (Coincidentally, Kenya is the country President Obama’s father came from. He died in Nairobi that same year, 1982, in an automobile accident.)
Hernández “trained people at Fort Benning, the CIA’s terror academy in Georgia, along with Jorge Mas Canosa and Luis Posada Carriles,” according to the article.
The CANF Distributed “Millions of Dollars to Politicians”
In a clear confirmation of the corrupt procedures dominant in the country of Uncle Sam, which likes to lecture others about its form of “democracy,” the interview indicates how the Foundation “came to be one of the strongest lobbying groups in Washington and distributed millions of dollars to politicians from all around the country.”
On the other hand, the CIA-CANF mafia boss confirmed that this satellite of Yankee intelligence “convinced Congress to cancel its prohibition on aid to paramilitary organizations in Angola,” and that it was acting on the behalf of Mas Canosa “and other exiles,” who set up a “rebel radio” station for the mercenary forces at the service of the South Africans and the CIA itself.
The current CANF president avoids answering questions about the financial support and other arrangements it made for Posada during his terror campaign in Cuba, which in 1997 caused the death of a young Italian-Canadian, Fabio Di Celmo.
Nor does he speak of the presence of CANF directors in the plot to assassinate the Cuban president in 2000, in Panama, where Posada was taken prisoner and sentenced for his terrorist activities.
The AP appears not to know it, but the CIA and even the FBI knew very well that this assassination plan was arranged directly by Francisco “Pepe” Hernández, and Alberto Hernández, and how the terrorists Gaspar Jiménez and Antonio Iglesias delivered CANF money in Central America for the purchase of weapons and explosives.
The news agency did not question him about his role in Posada’s escape from prison in Venezuela, where he was awaiting trial for the destruction of the Cuban civilian airliner.
Frayle: He’ll Never Take Off the Wolf’s Clothing
For Percy Alvarado Godoy, Cuban Security’s Agent Frayle, whom Posada taught how to make bombs, at the request of the Cuban American National Foundation, Hernández’s testimony, distributed by the AP, is a long succession of lies.
“It’s clear that Pepe Hernández will never shed his wolf’s clothing, although to the [AP] journalist apparently, he came across as a sheep. I know very well, because he was the one who dealt with me as a member of the Cuban National Front, CANF’s paramilitary cell, in order to carry out a series of studies on the vulnerability of various social, economic and political objectives on the island, which included GPS mapping, filming, designing plans and photography, with a view toward carrying out later attempts on the same.
“Many of them, such as the CIMEQ hospital and the International Cira García clinic were not objectives of a military type.
“Pepe Hernández pressured me on repeated occasions to put a powerful explosive device in the Tropicana cabaret, on November 24, 1994, when there would have been 1,150 Cubans and tourists. His objective was to thwart tourism, even if it meant causing mourning in hundreds of homes around the world,” recalled Agent Frayle.
“An action such as this is the product of a sick and murderous mind, not of a supposed freedom fighter for his people,” he concluded.
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