US releases more classified Bay of Pigs documents

August 2, 2011 - 2:43 PM

MIAMI (AP) — The U.S. has released more classified documents about the 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba, showing the close involvement of the Guatemalan government.

The release Monday came in response to a lawsuit filed in April by the independent, Washington-based National Security Archive to declassify all five volumes on the failed CIA-backed invasion by Cuban exiles who hoped to overthrow Fidel Castro. One volume has yet to be released.

The new release details the close relationship between the U.S. and Guatemala, where the exiles trained for the assault.

They show how then-Guatemalan President Miguel Ydigoras Fuentes wanted his own troops to participate in the invasion. When Ydigoras' unpopular, military-backed government faced a series of attacks from Guatemalan rebels, its officials asked the U.S. for napalm bombs. The request was denied.