May 14, 1995 |
The Dodgers have had some fascinating player discoveries, but there are few stories more compelling than that of reliever Felix Rodriguez, who made his major league debut Saturday night, pitching one-third of an inning against the St. Louis Cardinals. Rodriguez, 22, was raised on a sugar cane plantation in the remote town of Montecristi, Dominican Republic, without electricity or running water. Now he's in the big leagues, called up Friday.
August 5, 1992 |
A former CIA operative who coordinated arms shipments to the Nicaraguan Contras testified Tuesday that he changed his mind about leaving Central America after a 1986 meeting in the office of then-Vice President George Bush. The testimony by CIA operative Felix Rodriguez, which came at the perjury and obstruction trial of former CIA spy chief Clair E. George, did not implicate Bush because Rodriguez said the secret 1986 efforts to supply the Contras were not discussed in Bush's presence.
October 22, 1990
Felix Pita Rodriguez, 81, a Cuban poet and political exile who returned home after the Castro revolution. Long active in the Communist Party, Rodriguez, along with Pablo Neruda, was one of the founders of the Ibero-American Anti-Fascist Committee in Madrid and Barcelona during the Spanish Civil War. He lived abroad as a student, writer and exile for many years in Venezuela, Mexico, France, Belgium, Italy, Spain and Morocco, returning to Cuba in 1960, a year after Fidel Castro took power.
December 17, 1989 |
After half a lifetime spent doing things he assumed no one would ever know about, former CIA agent Felix Rodriguez is best known for two things he says he never did. As recently as last spring, during the confirmation hearings of his friend and ambassador-designate Donald Gregg, Rodriguez was accused of briefing then-Vice President George Bush on Oliver North's covert resupply effort for the Nicaraguan Contras--accusations the author and Bush deny. He also was accused by sources close to Sen.
May 1, 1988 |
Despite continuing denials by Vice President George Bush and his staff, there is increasing evidence that two of Bush's most senior foreign policy aides knew at the time about Oliver L. North's secret operations in Central America in 1985 and 1986--operations designed to circumvent a legal ban on U.S. military aid to the Nicaraguan rebels. The two members of the vice president's staff--Donald P. Gregg, head of a four-man foreign policy staff, and Col. Samuel J.
September 9, 1987 |
Almost seven months before the Iran- contra affair became public, Vice President George Bush met with a retired CIA agent with "resupply of the contras" on the agenda, according to a copy of Bush's schedule released Tuesday by the congressional investigating committees. But--although the topic was scheduled for the May 1, 1986, White House meeting--Bush's foreign policy adviser, Donald P.