10/01/2005

BBC: Elian interview sparks Miami row

"Elian, now 11, calls Cuban leader Fidel Castro his friend... the Florida relatives said Elian had been brainwashed." Well DUH! What did you expect connies after YOU aided his own relatives when they used the little boy for political gain? Castro is no fool and he will make Elian his PR vehicle just as his relatives tried to do 5 years ago -- law

Elian interview sparks Miami row
In excerpts from the CBS network's 60 Minutes show Elian, now 11, calls Cuban leader Fidel Castro his friend. He also accuses his family in Miami of trying to turn him against his father during a custody battle in 2000 which culminated in his return to Cuba.

Elian turned six soon after he was discovered floating alone in the Florida Straits, tied to an inner tube, in November 1999. His mother and 10 others had drowned trying to make the crossing from Cuba to Florida.

Elian's Miami relatives and Cuban exile groups lost a fierce legal battle to keep him in the US. He was finally seized by armed US immigration officers and reunited with his father.

In the interview, Elian said Mr Castro had attended his elementary school graduation and told the boy he was his friend.

"I also believe I am his friend," Elian said. He considers Mr Castro "not only as a friend but as a father".

BBC NEWS | Americas | Elian interview sparks Miami row

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