Today in History: Cuban Intelligence Successful Against CIA-Sponsored Guerrillas 1

October 21, 1963:  In 1963, a CIA-sponsored group called Commandos Mambises began minor surgical strikes, called mosquito attacks, against Cuba.  On this date, the Mambises attempted to rendezvous with two commandos who had infiltrated near Cabo Corrientes a week earlier.  However, Cuban Intelligence had learned of their mission and Havana’s military forces set a trap. Two Mambises were killed, one wounded, and four others captured.  The Cuban Air Force attempted to attack the Commando’s vessel, but mistakenly attacked a Liberian freighter. Cuban Intelligence continued to track the Mambises, which enabled Castro to hold a news conference a few days later and announce that the Mambises’ ship, known as the Rex, was a CIA vessel docked in West Palm Beach.

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  1. The CIA operatives captured were Luis Montero Carranza, Roberto Lizano Rodriguez ans Clemente Inclan Werner, the son of the University of Havana rector and father of Miami News reporter Hilda Inclan. The three were members of the Christian Democrat Movement (MDC) and in an effort to avoid execution, appeared before Cuban TV cameras and denounced their organization and its members. Clemente Inclan, secretary of the organization, endangered the lives of others by revealing everything he knew about the MDC and its members, CIA operations, including his $400 monthly salary, all of which was published in Bohemia magazine, Nov. 8, 1963. Months later, Inclan was rewarded for his snitching by being allowed to return to the U.S., where the Cuban exile community treated him like a pariah, while his companions remained imprisoned for years. Alan “Woe is Me” Gross tried a similar tactic of denouncing the U.S. government in the hope of early release from a Cuban prison but it backfired. Here is more on the Inclan case http://www.latinamericanstudies.org/dialogue/Hilda-Inclan.pdf

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