Conservative ex-diplomat testifies in perjury case

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Posted: Mar 25, 2011 7:41 AM
Conservative ex-diplomat testifies in perjury case

A conservative former U.S. diplomat is set to testify at an ex-CIA agent's perjury trial.

Otto Reich is testifying for the defense Friday in the trial of Cuba-born 83-year-old anti-communist militant Luis Posada Carriles. Reich is a Cuban-American and a former assistant secretary of state.

Reich is expected to testify about the alleged pro-Cuba bias of reporter Ann Louise Bardach.

Bardach was working for The New York Times when she interviewed Posada about 1997 bombings in Cuba. She testified that she and Posada remain amiable and that she's no communist sympathizer.

Posada sneaked into the U.S. in 2005. He faces perjury, obstruction and immigration fraud charges. He's accused of lying during citizenship hearings in Texas about how he reached America, and of failing to acknowledge masterminding the Cuba bombings.