Castro: Cuba saved Reagan's life

Cuba's leader Fidel Castro claimed in comments published today that Cuba provided information to American officials that saved former US President Ronald Reagan’s life in 1984.

Cuba's leader Fidel Castro claimed in comments published today that Cuba provided information to American officials that saved former US President Ronald Reagan’s life in 1984.

In what appeared to be Castro’s first public claim on the matter, the essay published in the Communist Party daily Granma claimed that Cuba had co-operated with the United States in the past and suggested that the US co-operate with Cuba as well.

The essay signed by Castro said that a Cuban security official stationed at the United Nations shared information with US mission security chief Robert Muller about an extreme right wing group that was planning to assassinate Reagan during a planned trip to North Carolina.

“The information was complete: the names of those implicated in the plan; day, time and hour where the assassination could occur; the type of weapon the terrorists had and where they kept their arms; and along with all that, meeting place of those elements planning the action as well as a brief summary of what had occurred in said meeting,” Castro wrote.

Castro wrote that Cuban authorities learned several days later that the FBI had arrested several people in North Carolina.

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