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Fidel Castro says U.S. reporter misinterpreted him

Former Cuban president Fidel Castro is claiming U.S. journalist Jeffrey Goldberg misinterpreted his words, according to Xinhua, the official state Chinese English-language news agency.

Goldberg, who writes for The Atlantic magazine, was the first U.S. reporter to interview Castro since the Communist leader became ill at the end of July 2006.

Castro was quoted by the reporter as saying, the "Cuban model doesn't even work for us any more." Now, however, Castro is saying that he wasn't referring to Cuba's economic model, and that what he really meant was that the capitalist system was not working, AFP reported.

In fact, Castro said he was "amused" at how his remark was interpreted when he meant "exactly the opposite" of what Goldberg reported, according to Bloomberg.

Goldberg is standing by what he wrote.

Note from the editor: This story was originally published by the Knight Center’s blog Journalism in the Americas, the predecessor of LatAm Journalism Review.

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