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Continued: Correction: Mexico-FBI-Fuentes story

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It ends with a note stating that Fuentes has had a "long history of subversive connections and has traveled to the Iron Curtain and Cuba."

Once considered a communist, Fuentes spent some of his childhood in the U.S. as the son of a Mexican diplomat. He said it grated on him that his left-of-center politics meant he often was portrayed as anti-American.

"To call me anti-American is a stupendous lie, a calumny. I grew up in this country. When I was a little boy I shook the hand of Franklin Roosevelt and I haven't washed it since," he said with characteristic good humor in a 2006 interview in Los Angeles.

More recently, as a moderate leftist, Fuentes strongly opposed U.S. tactics in the crackdown on immigration as part of the war on terrorism. But he also blasted Venezuela's Hugo Chavez as a "Tropical Mussolini."

The FBI files also show how over time the bureau changed its views about Fuentes.

Early on, the FBI highlighted his leftist tendencies but in 1985 he is described as a prominent author and is given a visa to teach at Harvard.

In Fuentes' application, U.S. authorities say that even though he had been deemed ineligible for an entry permit for being a member of a banned organization in the early 1960s, an apparent reference to the Mexican Communist Party, he should be given a visa to go to Harvard because he is an "outstanding 20th Century Mexican author."

The FBI released the documents after NYCity News Service filed a request in September 2012 for Fuentes' FBI file under the Freedom of Information Act, which requires the agency to release certain documents to the public once a person has died.

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