July 30, 1973: As resistance to Allende increased during 1973, Castro wrote and told him he was secretly dispatching Manuel “Redbeard” Pineiro to assess the situation and offer his professional opinion. At the time, Pineiro lead the National Liberation Directorate (DLN), a 400-man element, previously assigned to the General Directorate of Intelligence (DGI), which oversaw support to foreign revolutionary movements.
Pineiro and Vice Prime Minister Carlos Rafael Rodriguez arrived on July 30th under the pretext of discussing the agenda for the forthcoming meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM). After Rafael Rodriguez publicly claimed that Chile was the only nation in the Americas where a non-violent road to socialism was possible, Pineiro delivered Castro’s letter to Allende. The two Cuban officials made confidential recommendations to Allende and then left at the end of their five-day stay. Castro’s advice to Allende to consolidate his gains and eliminate his opposition was repeated in August and again rejected by Allende.