HAVANA - Former Cuban president Fidel Castro is criticizing Dick Cheney, the former U.S. vice-president, for defending interrogation methods used on terror suspects.

Castro says torture should never be used to extract information. Castro says the United States engaged in acts of terrorism against Cuba after the 1959 revolution he led.

U.S. schemes aimed at overthrowing Castro were common in his first years in power, including the 1961 invasion of the island's Bay of Pigs by a U.S.-backed exile army.

Castro's comments appeared in an essay posted on a government website Wednesday evening.

They were aimed at Cheney's speech last week in which he defended the counterterrorism policies of the administration of former president George W. Bush.

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