Castro: We Saved Reagan's Life

Dictator claims Cuba foiled an assassination attempt
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 13, 2007 9:06 AM CDT
In this photo released by Cuba's daily newspaper Juventud Rebelde, Cuba's leader Fidel Castro is shown in Havana on Jan. 29, 2007. Castro claims Cuba's government saved the life of President Reagan by...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Fidel Castro says Cuba helped the US avert an assassination attempt on Ronald Reagan in 1984. An essay attributed to the ailing dictator says a Cuban posted to the UN tipped off an American official to the plot, which involved a presidential visit to North Carolina, the Telegraph reports. How Cuba got the information, which Castro called "complete," is unclear.

The essay, which ran yesterday in Granma and was read on state TV, also says Americans were "deliberately misinformed" about the September 11 attack on the Pentagon, which was made by a rocket, not a plane. Castro has not appeared in public in over a year, and rumors have circulated that he's dead.