May 14, 2007: The weekly magazine, The Nation, featured an article on Cuba titled “The Changing of the Guard.” Among the six co-authors were Intelligence Officer Ramon Sanchez-Parodi and former Cuban agent, Alberto Coll. Sanchez-Parodi used the opportunity to favorably portray Raul Castro’s institutional support and his efforts to enhance the performance of these institutions. Lesser issues addressed included the “Cuban 5” and alleged opportunities for bilateral cooperation.
Prior to his felony conviction, Dr. Coll served as Chair of the Strategic Research Department at the US Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. He had earlier served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations/Low Intensity Conflict from 1990-1993.
Coll‘s previous work as a cooperating Navy intelligence source made the government’s espionage case problematic. The two sides subsequently negotiated a plea agreement in which the government revoked Coll’s security clearance, sentenced him to one-year probation, fined him 5000 dollars, and sealed his confession. Prior to her death in a tragic car accident in 2003, Coll‘s daughter was far along with plans to attend the University of Havana; an amazing event given the sensitivity of Coll’s position.