September 26-28, 2000: Directorate of Intelligence (DI) officer Gustavo Machin Gomez visited Missouri at the invitation of the Missouri Farm Bureau. Machin, farmers, and local business leaders discussed future trade opportunities for rice and other products. Prior to the imposition of the US embargo, the US had been the largest exporter of rice to the island.
An expert in understanding and targeting the US government, Machin was one of roughly four dozen “US Targets” officers in the entire Cuban Intelligence Community. A seasoned spy, he was subsequently expelled from the US for espionage.
For more background on this spy, see: https://cubaconfidential.wordpress.com/2012/08/01/senior-spy-spinning-death-of-cuban-dissident-oswaldo-paya/