Following the October 1983 US invasion, Paul Scoon, Grenada’s Governor General expelled Havana’s Ambassador, the Embassy’s communications officer, and most of its diplomatic staff. Scoon directed that Havana keep no more than one diplomat on the island. The Cuban Embassy originally rejected the expulsion order and said its staff would remain until all Cuban prisoners were return to Cuba.
Shortly afterwards, Cuba relented and chose America Department (DA) officer Gaston Diaz to remain as its Charge d’Affaires. However, the Scoon government and its US allies made it politically and operationally difficult for Havana to host a viable Embassy. On November 23, 1983, Diaz received orders from Grenadian/US authorities that directed the immediate departure of the Cuban Embassy’s communications technician and all communications equipment. This order eviscerated Diaz’ ability to conduct intelligence operations. Thereafter, his job was reduced to recovering Cuban equipment seized by US forces and selling off Embassy property prior to closing the Embassy.
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).