Who else knew about the abuction of DEA Agent Enrique "Kiki" Camarena?
Hector Berrellez, a retired DEA official, said "I'm not into conspiracy theories." He said he came forward with the allegations published in today's El Paso Times story because he was able finally to piece together a more complete picture of Camarena's death in 1985.
Berrellez and Phil Jordan, former director of the El Paso Intelligence Center, said Cubans (Cuban-Americans) who were operatives for U.S. intelligence, were present during the interrogation (a brutal torture session) of Camrena. In fact, they said, the CIA provided tapes of the interrogation, but allegedly not all of them. Retired DEA investigator Celerino "Cele" Castillo III said he listened to some of those tapes.
Berrellez and Jordan said one of the operatives played a key role in the 1967 capture of marxist revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara, and allegedly appears in a photo that provided the cover image for the book "Barry & 'the boys'" by Daniel Hopsicker.
Tosh Plumlee, an CIA contract pilot who met Camarena, said he himself is in the 1963 photo that was taken in a nightclub in Mexico City, along with Porter Goss, who was appointed CIA director in 2004.
Berrellez said he does not subscribe to conspiracy theories, and spoke out only after he had recent information that capped his long-held suspicions about Camarena's investigation into clandestine flights by contract pilots like Plumlee. According to author Hopsicker, Seal was a CIA contract pilot.
Interestingly, it seems that over the years many roads lead to that same 1963 photo and to the roles that some of these men portrayed in photo played in modern U.S. history.
Because so much of the work of the Central Intelligence Agency is hidden from the public, and much of it has to be classified, the agency tends to attract and inspire conspiracy theories. Its work has also generated many books over the years, fiction and nonfiction.
*A movie about the CIA worth watching (for entertainment purposes) was released in 2006, "The Good Shepherd," directed by Robert De Niro and starring Matt Damon. It is available on DVD.
See the 1963 photo at http://www.amazon.com/Barry-Boys-Americas-Secret-History/dp/0970659105