Orlando Bosch fled Cuba in the early 1960s and settled in Miami and began working with the CIA. For decades, he used the United States as a base for attacks on Cuban civilians and Cuban government targets.
Bosch is associated with one of the most infamous acts of terrorism in the Americas. In October 1976 a Cubana airliner was blown out the sky by an bomb hidden in a suitcase; seventy three passengers were killed.
Bosch was arrested in Venezuela in connection with the bombing. After being imprisoned for nearly four years, Bosch was acquitted along with three co-defendants. The court found that the plane had been brought down by a bomb but that there was insufficient evidence to prove Bosc and his associates were responsible.
(See “Passion for Free Cuba Drove Bosch to Extreme,” by Heather Dewar, Miami Herald.)
As head of the CIA in 1976, the elder Bush had declined a request from the government of Costa Rica to extradite Bosch to face charges.
In 2002 the UK Guardian reported, “Most controversially, at the request of Jeb, Mr Bush Sr intervened to release the convicted Cuban terrorist Orlando Bosch from prison and then granted him US residency.”
What do we know now?
The CIA is still keeping secrets about Orlando Bosch.
According to the National Archives online data base, the CIA retains six files on Orlando Bosch that have never been made public. These files contain 606 pages of material, according to the database.
None of these documents have ever seen by the people of Cuba or the United States.
The Bosch documents are just a few of the several thousand long-secret JFK records scheduled to be made made public in October 2017.