Jury hears tapes from interview with ex-operative

By Will Weissert

Associated Press

Published: Friday, March 18 2011 5:05 a.m. MDT

FILE - In this Nov. 8, 2010, file photo Luis Posada Carriles talks to a reporter in Miami. The former CIA operative is on trial in El Paso, Texas, facing 11 counts of perjury, obstruction and naturalization fraud. He's accused of making false statements in 2005 for allegedly lying during immigration interviews in El Paso about how he got into the U.S. and about his role in a string of 1997 bombings that rocked Havana hotels and killed an Italian tourist.

Alan Diaz, File, Associated Press

EL PASO, Texas — A former New York Times reporter who interviewed an anti-communist militant about masterminding deadly 1997 bombings in Cuba is continuing her unwilling testimony at his perjury trial.

Ann Louise Bardach fought subpoenas in the case against Luis Posada Carriles (loo-EES' poh-SAH'-duh cah-REE'-lehs), saying it will make sources unwilling to talk to journalists. Friday marks her third day testifying as prosecutors play tapes of her 1998 interviews with the 83-year-old Posada.

Posada was born in Cuba. He once worked for the CIA, but now faces perjury and other charges. Prosecutors say he lied about planning the bombings during immigration hearings in El Paso, after sneaking into the U.S. in 2005.

Bardach says that during the interviews, Posada admitted planning the blasts, which killed an Italian tourist.

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