Cuba’s re-engagement with Bolivia began in October 1982 when Havana sent a delegation to the inauguration of President Hernan Siles Zuazo. According to Washington Times correspondent Jay Mallin Sr., by late 1983, dozens of Cuban intelligence personnel were in country training, organizing, and arming local guerilla groups. Mallin also identified two America Department (DA) officers at the Cuban Embassy in La Paz: Charge d’affaires Angel Brugues Perez and Political Counselor Manuel Basabe. Brugues led the DA’s operations in Bolivia. He was widely reported in the Latin media to be highly experienced in coordinating revolutionary affairs.
Editor’s Note: 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).