Will Spy Wars Between Cuba and the U.S. End with Restored Relations? 3

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Since Fidel Castro seized power in January 1959, and over the next five decades, Havana built one of the world’s most active intelligence services

Some of the biggest crises in U.S.-Cuba relations can be traced to the involvement of Cuban spies and agents

Cuban espionage against the United States intensified in the 1980s when President Ronald Reagan stepped up rhetoric against Cuba at the height of the Cold War

By Alfonso Chardy, Miami Herald    achardy@elnuevoherald.com

Though the United States has restored relations with Cuba, and President Barack Obama is planning to visit the island later this month, it’s unclear if the two countries have declared a truce in the spy wars they have waged for more than 50 years.

Lawmakers in Congress have warned the Obama administration that allowing Cuba to operate an embassy in Washington and consulates throughout the country will only make it easier for Havana to deploy spies and agents in the United States.

“We are all too familiar with the Castro regime’s efforts to utilize their diplomats as intelligence agents tasked with the goal of committing espionage against the host countries,’’ according to a letter sent in 2015 to the U.S. Department of State by five Cuban-American lawmakers including Miami Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Mario Diaz-Balart and Carlos Curbelo, as well as presidential candidate and Texas Senator Ted Cruz, and New Jersey Rep. Albio Sires, D-N.J.

Since Fidel Castro seized power in January 1959, and over the next five decades, Havana built one of the world’s most active intelligence services — one that dispatched spies and agents to penetrate the highest levels of the American government and some of the leading Cuban exile organizations.

In fact, some of the biggest crises in U.S.-Cuba relations can be traced to the involvement of Cuban spies and agents — from the downing of two Brothers to the Rescue planes to the theft of U.S. military secrets at the Defense Intelligence Agency and the spying of U.S. military facilities in South Florida and infiltration of leading Cuban exile organizations in Miami by members of the now-defunct Wasp Network.

Story continues here: Miami Herald

Editors Note: It seems the Miami Herald didn’t pay attention during last month’s testimony by Director of National Intelligence, General James R. Clapper, who told Congress Russia, China, Iran & Cuba pose the greatest threat to the United States.

 

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3 comments

  1. The people who denigrate the grave threat posed by Cuba will be singing another song as they are forced to bow down to the hundreds of thousands, indeed millions, of Cuban troops who will be staging victory parades on every Main Street in America. Life under Cuban occupation will make these people wish they had taken the Threat seriously … but it will be too late then!

  2. A truce on espionage in the modern world is pure nonsense. And it’s more nonsensical that Oswald is being included among the Cuban agents, even as suspect. Only Lattel in a book and Chardy in a newspaper dare to do it. Incidentally, Chardy could have been exemplified with other significant cases if he would have read this very blog.

  3. There is a potential threat of Cuban espionage is the United States. Putin wants world supremacy and in order to achieve this goal he needs a proxy nation to help him. Cuba is the proxy nation that helped Russia during the cold war,The Cuban intervention in Angola, Ethiopia, Nicaragua and the guerrilla movements trained on Cuban soil supported by the former Soviet Union. Putin needs eyes in the Caribbean and the Cuban intelligence provide a constant flow of fresh information to the Russians. The Espionage will never end between these two nations as long as Castro and Putin represent a threat to the United States.

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