The CIA worked with three American mobsters in a botched attempt to assassinate Cuban leader Fidel Castro in the early 1960s, according to a 700-page CIA dossier known as the "Family Jewels" released today.
The documents detail some of the agency's worst illegal abuses during about 25 years of overseas assassination attempts, domestic spying and kidnapping.
CIA Director Michael Hayden released the dossier to lift the veil of secrecy on the agency's past, as the Bush administration faces criticism of being too secretive now.
Mr Hayden told agency employees in a statement the trove included "reminders of some things the CIA should not have done" and a glimpse "of a very different era and a very different agency."
Much of the information had been released in various congressional investigations in past years, but the pages provide detailed accounts of CIA activities, much of it against the backdrop of the Cold War.
Some of the CIA's Family Jewels describe the agency's initial efforts to get rid of Castro, whose 1959 revolution ushered in communism to the island. Despite the US campaign against him, Castro remains Cuban leader at age 80, although he handed over temporary power to his brother Raul after surgery last July.
I wonder if the documents detail how they trained the Bolivians to get rid of Che (el Pajero)?