Subject LA PENCA BOMBING AND MURDER INDICTMENT Written 447 pm Feb 25, 1991 by christic in
Subject: LA PENCA BOMBING AND MURDER INDICTMENT
Written 4:47 pm Feb 25, 1991 by christic in cdp:christic.news
CIA, THE LA PENCA BOMBING AND A MURDER INDICTMENT: NO NEWS?
Project Censored: Nomination for the "Ten Best Censored Stories of 1990"
One of the most comprehensive news blackouts in recent history occurred
last December when a Costa Rican judicial investigation recommended the
indictment for murder of two U.S. citizens who played prominent roles in the
Iran-contra affair, in connection with the La Penca bombing in 1984.
The final investigation report named John Hull, identified as a CIA
operative who helped supply the contras from his northern Costa Rican farm,
and Felipe Vidal, a Cuban-American contra figure, as planners of the
assassination attempt against Nicaraguan rebel leader Eden Pastora, a
bombing that only wounded its intended victim, but killed three journalists
(one of them American), and maimed several more.
Pastora had refused to join forces with a rival contra faction directed by
the CIA, as well as refused to accept the help of arms pilots who doubled as
drug runners, and also refused the participation of Miami-based anti-Castro
Cubans in the effort to oust the Sandanistas.
Additionally, the Costa Rican investigators found that a network of CIA
operatives participated in an elaborate cover-up of the bombing in which
vital evidence (including parts of the bomb) was stolen, false stories were
concocted to lead investigators away from the true perpetrators of the crime
and Costa Rican officials were bribed or pressured to stop their
The U.S. media, with the exception of the Miami Herald, USA Today, and NBC
affiliate KRON in San Francisco, completely ignored this seemingly
significant development in the ongoing La Penca/Iran- contra story.
SOURCES: THE MIAMI HERALD, 1/6/90, "Cost Rican Prosecutor Links Two
Americans to Fatal Bombing," by John McPhaul, p 19A; PROPAGANDA REVIEW,
Winter 1990, "La Penca Cover-up Continues," by Johan Carlisle, pp 40-41.
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