Fax from Guatemala at issue in ex-CIA agent's case

AP News
Posted: Mar 09, 2011 5:03 AM
Fax from Guatemala at issue in ex-CIA agent's case

A businessman from Guatemala is set to testify in the perjury trial of an elderly ex-CIA agent, discussing a fax about 1997 bombings in Havana.

Tony Alvarez was born in Cuba and once linked romantically to a relative of ex-Cuban President Fidel Castro.

But he moved to Guatemala City where he met Luis Posada Carriles (loo-EES' poh-SAH'-duh cah-REE'-lehs).

The 83-year-old Posada faces charges of perjury, obstruction and immigration fraud. He is a longtime anti-communist militant and worked for the CIA until 1976.

Posada snuck into the U.S. in 2005. Prosecutors say he lied during subsequent immigration hearings in El Paso about planning 1997 bombings at top Cuban tourist sites.

Alvarez will testify about a fax detailing the bombings. He claims it was signed by "Solo," an alias used by Posada.