Exclusive: Retired Cuban Spy is Ambassador to Benin Reply

Oscar Coet Blackstock, posted to Benin since March 11, 2009, is suspected of having been a General Directorate of Intelligence (DGI) or America Department (DA) officer. Prior to his current posting, Coet served as Havana’s Ambassador to Canada during the mid-2000s and reopened the Cuban Embassy in Haiti back in 1997.  According to several Cuban defectors, spies must officially retire from their parent intelligence service before assuming duties as an ambassador.  As such, Coet would have been operational during his younger years when, for example, he served as a Second Secretary in Zimbabwe (early 1980s).

Editor’s Note: The General Directorate of Intelligence (DGI) was the name previously used by the foreign intelligence wing of the Ministry of the Interior. Following a 1989 “scandal” and reorganization, this service was reorganized and given a new name – the Directorate of Intelligence (DI).

The America Department (DA) was the name used by the intelligence wing of the Central Committee of the Cuban Communist Party from 1974 to the late 1980s or early 1990s. The DA was heavily involved in supporting revolutionaries and terrorists, but has since become more focused on political intelligence operations. This service is now called the America Area of the International Department of the Cuban Communist Party (PCC/ID/AA).

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