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Monday, May 26, 2008


More on Obama and CANF

Barack Obama spoke last week to the Cuban-American National Foundation. I wrote about the speech here and here, and noted the role of CANF leaders in a string of hotel bombings in the 90's which killed an Italian tourist and wounded many others. Today Fidel himself comments on the speech, and reminds us of something even more recent - the attempted assassination of Fidel in 1998 while he was visiting a summit of Latin American leaders on Margarita Island off the coast of Venezuela.

And what was the role of CANF, revealed when a ship carrying men and weapons en route to the assassination was searched by the Coast Guard?

One of two .50 caliber Barrett assault rifles seized on board turned out to be registered to Francisco (Pepe) Hernandez, president of the the foundation, according to an F.B.I. report. The tan 46-foot cabin cruiser itself, Florida state records show, belonged to a company owned by Jose Antonio Llama, a member of the foundation's executive board. The boat set sail from Coral Gables, Fla., from the private dock of another foundation member whose business partner is the group's treasurer.
Francisco Hernandez? None other than the current President of CANF.

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