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June 24, 1961:  Havana transferred 1st Secretary Raul Ceferino Zayas Linares to Bolivia to replace expelled Charge d’Affaires, Mauro Garcia Triana.   The Cuban Charge had been thrown out of Bolivia for interfering in the nation’s domestic affairs.  It is almost a certainty that Zayas‘ wife, Tania Rouco de Zayas, accompanied him on his diplomatic postings.  The couple were both officers in Cuba’s foreign intelligence service, the Directorate General of Intelligence (DGI) [also known as the General Directorate of Intelligence].  In 1959 or 1960, Havana assigned the husband-wife team to its embassy in Santiago. Only 19 or 20 years old at the time, Raul Zayas worked with sympathizers in the Socialist Party.


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