Speculation is growing that Fernando Perez Maza, Havana’s newly-appointed Ambassador to Damascus, is a recently-retired Directorate of Intelligence (DI) officer.
Until recently, Perez Maza had served largely “under the radar” as a First Secretary, most likely since August 2006, when his wife – Ana Belkis Cabrera Arregui – arrived. His presence was discovered on this Facebook page of all Syrian-based embassies and their staff: http://www.facebook.com/note.php? note_id=316110911755880. In contrast, this link to Cuba’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MINREX) diplomatic roster lists fewer and more junior, Embassy staff: http://www.cubadiplomatica.cu/ siria/EN/Home.aspx
From roughly 1995-2002, Perez Maza served as a First Secretary at the Cuban Interests Section in Washington, DC. While in Washington, he gained notoriety for his involvement in a brutal attack on a crowd protesting the forced return of rescued rafter, Elian Gonzalez. The “Elian scenario” is known to have been run almost exclusively as a DI propaganda operation.
In the late 1980s, Perez Maza was a Third Secretary at the Cuban Embassy in Mexico City.