CUBA: Who, Me?

Arrested in Miami last week: Charles Hormel, 45, the smooth-talking, high-flying U.S. citizen who identified himself to a TIME correspondent in Havana as the pilot of a plane loaded with arms that ditched in Guantanamo Bay fortnight ago (TIME, Sept. 1). Charge: violating the U.S. Mutual Security Act by illegally exporting munitions, specifically, a load of arms and ammunition destined for Fidel Castro in his war against Dictator Fulgencio Batista.

Cool as a Cuba Libre, Hormel protested his innocence. The accusations, said he, were all a big misunderstanding. When the rented plane's owner heard that it had gone down in...

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