On Malmierca’s Visit: Cuban Spies, Businessmen and ‘Useful Idiots’ 3

"Former" Cuban Spy and Current Minister of Foreign Trade and Investment Rodrigo Malmierca Díaz

“Former” Cuban Spy and Current Minister of Foreign Trade and Investment Rodrigo Malmierca Díaz

By Capitol Hill Cubans

This week, Cuba’s Minister of Foreign Trade and Investment, Rodrigo Malmierca Diaz, is visiting Washington, D.C., where he will discuss business with Obama Administration officials and be fêted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Let’s be clear: Malmierca is not “the Cuban people.”

This trip is not about doing business with “the Cuban people” or any of the discredited rhetoric of the Obama Administration and its new Chamber friends, led by former U.S. Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez.

During this trip, Malmierca will distribute the Cuban dictatorship’s glossy 168-page book of 246 business “opportunities” with Castro’s state monopolies, which are run by its military and intelligence services.

But it’s also about recruiting “useful idiots” (“poleznye idioty”).

You see — Malmierca is not simply Cuba’s Minister of Foreign Trade and Investment (MINCEX, Spanish acronym).

Rodrigo Malmierca Diaz is the son of Isidoro Malmierca Peoli, a historic Castro confidant and founder of Cuba’s counterintelligence and state security services. In the 1980s, Rodrigo himself entered Cuba’s intelligence services (known as “DGI“) as an officer in the Q-2 Department, which was tasked with “recruitment” and other operations against Cuban exiles. As a DGI officer, Rodrigo would serve under “diplomatic cover” at Castro’s Embassies in Brazil, Belgium and the Cuban Mission to the United Nations in New York. Then, in 2009, he was named Minister of Foreign Trade and Investment.

Rodrigo Malmierca is not the first senior MINCEX official to visit the United States.

In 1995 (that’s right 1995), Cuba’s Vice-Minister of Foreign Trade, Ismael Sene Alegret, traveled throughout the Midwest as part of a month-long Cuban “trade delegation” in the United States. (Click here to see how familiar this article reads). His goal was to “recruit” allies in the agri-business community.

Like Malmierca, Sene Alegret was a senior DGI officer.

Sene Alegret officially served in Cuba’s DGI from 1967-1997. (That’s right, he was still a DGI officer while serving at MINCEX). He was a senior Cuban intelligence official in Eastern Europe — with close KGB ties — where he headed missions in the former Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia.

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  1. The Cuban regime is sending their agents to negotiate policy in the United States. The Cuban government is pushing among other things for the freedom of Ana Montes and the Establishment of a Cuban diplomatic mission in Florida. Castro is also looking for the return of the Cuban naval base of Gitmo. They will continue to put pressure our government without giving anything in return. These “Cuban” diplomats are send to carry the agenda of the Cuban regime. They deceive those who the Cuban government believe are instrumental to influence foreign policy.

  2. All over the internet, the Castroids are thinking that Obama is going to return Guantanamo base to Cuba. Why is this issue so important to them? Simple, the Cuban regime will rent the base to the Russians and Chinese. These communists are so arrogant that they are even commenting that they will be able to get the base returned to Cuba without offering anything in return.

  3. In Cuba, the major business are state control and the Cuban economy is controlled by FAR. The different economic sectors are directed by Raul Castro’s Generals,every industry is run by a General. American companies are seeking an economic aperture where they can make profit. This aperture is a boomerang because at the end the American companies investing there would be enriching Raul Castro and the Generals in charge of the different economic sectors. The Cuban armed forces will benefit greatly in this process. The Cuban armed forces will use this income to purchase armament from Russia. The Cuban population will remain the same. The Castro family is not going to give up their fortunes in the island. We must understand that the whole entire island belongs to the Castro family. Castro is not a trusted person after our companies invest there,he will change policies again and will confiscate American assets again.

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