08/16/13 - Granma International (Havana) - U.S. harboring two CIA torturers who assassinated Cuban diplomats
By Jean-Guy Allard
TWO CIA agents who participated in Argentina in the torture of Cuban
diplomats Jesús Cejas - whose remains were recently returned to Cuba - and
Crescencio Galañena, have been living untroubled for a number of years in
the United States, protected by the country's authorities.
Michael Townley, a U.S. agent loaned by the CIA to the DINA (the secret
police of the Pinochet dictatorship in Chile) and Guillermo Novo Sampol, an
old Cuban-American accomplice of CIA agent Luis Posada Carriles, are
protected by the FBI, with which they always cooperated, and the CIA, for
which they executed dirty tasks, and the State Department, which ignores
their presence in U.S. territory.
It is documented that Townley and Novo played an active part in the torture
of Cuban diplomats Jesús Cejas Arias and Crescencio Galañena Hernández, who
disappeared in Argentina during the military dictatorship (1976-1983).
José Luis Mendéz Méndez, a Cuban historian and researcher, has spent years
following the search for the remains of the two men, considered as martyrs
by the Cuban Revolution.
In the course of his meticulous investigations, Méndez interviewed Manuel
Contreras Sepúlveda, chief of the Chilean DINA, on July 19, 2004.
"Contreras disclosed that on August 11, 1976, his U.S. agent Michael
Townley and the international terrorist living under protection in Miami,
Guillermo Novo Sampol, traveled to Argentina to interrogate and torture
Cuban diplomats Jesús Cejas Arias and Crescencio Galañena Hernández."
The remains of the two Cuban diplomats were discovered in Virreyes, 28
kilometers outside of Buenos Aires, an area where excavations were underway
in the search for victims of that period of Argentine history. Cejas and
Galañena were kidnapped on August 9, 1976 in the Belgrano district of
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