To many older exiles, Posada Carriles was a freedom fighter, while other people viewed him as an unrepentant terrorist.
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Former CIA operative and militant Cuban exile Luis Posada Carriles, who was accused of organizing a string of 1997 Havana hotel bombings and a 1976 Cuban airline bombing that killed 73 people, has died.Carriles, who had been diagnosed with throat cancer about five years ago, died Wednesday at a care home for elderly veterans in Broward Country, north of Miami, according to Arturo Hernandez, a lawyer for the hardline exile.Posada Carriles enjoyed an official and sometimes tumultuous relationship with the CIA until 1975 .Posada Carriles trained for but never participated in the disastrous 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba organized by the CIA.Posada Carriles claimed on a number of occasions Mas Canosa helped support him financially.The agency has refused to declassify many documents related to Posada Carriles, but official summaries of those documents released to the archive, show U.S. officials were particularly concerned about Posada Carriles' relationship with the mafia-linked casino operator Frank "Lefty" Rosenthal.Posada Carriles resurfaced in Miami in 2005 .
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