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Castro Writes About US Assassination Attempt


Cuban leader Fidel Castro has published an essay that includes comments about what he says was a U.S. attempt to assassinate him in 1961.

In an article published Sunday in a Cuban Communist youth newspaper, Juventud Rebelde Mr. Castro said an assassin sent to poison him did not succeed because he could not get close enough.

Mr. Castro said he survived many assassination plots. He said he and others in the revolutionary movement survived because of luck and the habit of observing details.

Last month, the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency declassified hundreds of pages of documents. Among the information released were details of an agency attempt to plant poison pills in Mr. Castro's food.

Mr. Castro has not been seen in public since he underwent emergency intestinal surgery in July of last year. But in recent months, several newspaper articles have been published in his name.

At the time of his surgery, he temporarily handed control of Cuba to his brother, Raul. In a television interview earlier last month, Mr. Castro did not say whether he plans to resume day-to-day control of the government.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.

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