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Castro says bin Laden is a paid CIA agent

| Saturday, Aug. 28, 2010

HAVANA -- Fidel Castro says al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden is a bought-and-paid-for CIA agent who always popped up when former President George W. Bush needed to scare the world, arguing that documents recently posted on the Internet prove it.

"Any time Bush would stir up fear and make a big speech, bin Laden would appear, threatening people with a story about what he was going to do," Castro told state media during a meeting with a Lithuanian-born writer known for advancing conspiracy theories about world domination. "Bush never lacked for bin Laden's support. He was a subordinate."

Castro said documents posted on WikiLeaks.org -- a website that recently released thousands of pages of classified documents from the Afghan war -- "effectively proved he was a CIA agent." He did not elaborate.

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