Castro’s Dead, But His Spies Live On 3

castro_fidel_cuba_79831941By Sean Durns, The Hill

Although Cuban dictator Fidel Castro died on Nov. 25, 2016, the influence of the intelligence services that he created lives on. Castro, who ruled Cuba with an iron fist for five decades, created a spy apparatus whose outsized impact has extended far from the shores of the Caribbean country.

Cuba did not have a professional foreign intelligence service before Castro seized power in 1959. Under Soviet auspices, it created one in 1961. Initially called the Direccion General de Inteligencia (DGI), and later renamed the Direccion de Inteligencia (DI), Cuba’s most important intelligence agency began training its officers in Moscow in 1962. KGB tutelage proved of enormous value, both to the Castro regime and to the USSR.

The DGI quickly developed into an elite service. Brian Latell, a former CIA analyst, noted in his 2012 book Castro’s Secrets, “Many retired CIA officials stand in awe of how Cuba, a small island nation, could have built up such exceptional clandestine capabilities and run so many successful operations against American targets.” In Latell’s opinion, “Cuban intelligence…ran circles around both” the CIA and the FBI.

William Rosenau and Ralph Espach, both senior analysts at the Virginia-based think tank, the Center for Naval Analyses, concurred with Latell’s conclusion. Writing in The National Interest, both offered the judgment: “Cuban intelligence services are widely regarded as among the best in the world—a significant accomplishment, given the country’s meager financial and technological resources (“Cuba’s Spies Still Punch Above Their Weight,” Sept. 29, 2013).”

The basis for this claim seems sound.

Cuban intelligence successfully penetrated U.S. national security agencies both during the Cold War and in the years since.  Following his 1987 defection to the U.S., Florentino Aspillaga Lombard, a top official in Castro’s intelligence agencies, exposed dozens of Cuban double agents who had infiltrated various segments of American society, from the government to non-profit organizations. Many of the spies had been living in the U.S. for years.

In retaliation, Castro ordered at least two-failed assassination attempts on Aspillaga—both of them, Latell pointed out, involving people the former Cuban spy knew.

Another of the DI’s successful plants, Ana Belen Montes, spied on behalf of Cuba for sixteen years. Montes, an analyst with the Pentagon’s Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), was sentenced to a 25-year prison term in October 2002.

The damage caused by Montes was extensive. Scott Carmichael, the U.S. counterintelligence officer who helped bring Montes down, stated in his 2007 book True Believer that, among other actions, Montes divulged the existence of a secret U.S. Army base in El Salvador, resulting in an attack by Castro-friendly forces and the death of an American Green Beret. Additionally, Montes revealed U.S. assets in Cuba and, in the opinion of former U.S. Undersecretary of State John Bolton, may have offered significant contributions to a 1998 intelligence report that minimized the danger Cuba poses to the U.S.

Feature continues here:  Cuba’s Spies Soldier On

 

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3 comments

  1. To my fellow Americans, wake up, Raul while in the mountains kidnapped American for ransom. The Castro’s hate the Americans, there will be no peace until the Castro’s are in power. Te

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  2. How many people in this forum actually speak the Spanish language, fluently, without a trace of accent or devoid of simultaneous parallel thinking in English upon its use to communicate in Spanish?

    And, how many people, here in this forum, are profoundly empathetically connected to the Latin American culture, specifically of Cuba, it´s history, geography and socio-political and geo-political ramifications of Cuba and Latin America—down to a “T”—with a seamless, meticulous knowledge of Cubanisms as well as other countries´ folklore detailed nuances, Latin Americanisms and have a profound and thorough understanding of the different and varying local mores existent between provinces and geographical regions in every Latin American country, including Cuba?

    The American intelligence “ivory tower” has a disconnect with a Cuban inner intelligence apparatus conducted in Spanish and further propulsed by an ever-moving network of points throughout Latin America—including systematic recruitment and indoctrination in hundreds of educational sites throughout Latin America—that delivers outcomes under the utilization of the common inherent cultural and psychographic symbiosis that exists between Latin Americans, under a very distinct sociocultural grid from the Anglo-American idiosyncracy. One thing is to read, speak and understand the language. Another is to internalize communication beyond its meaning and predict outcomes stemming from endemic factors outside rudimentary one-plane intelligence analysis, yet, absent of such shortcomings—notwithstanding to—whether one may Hispanic or not, because such intelligence ability assets, are mutually exclusive.

    Imagine how easy it becomes for the DI to conduct operations, at present, from and throughout Miami, versus the CIA on location in Cuba or Latin America. As I recall, Ana Belen Montes even had several siblings actively working in the FBI.

    Additionally, Cuban intelligence is a tighter, more idealistically committed network and driven very close to the vest from the Cuban government tiny cupola. For instance, the two United States intelligence officers who finally got unto Ana Belen Montes, (at last), were actually ordered to investigate her specifically—because it wasn´t by their own initiative the investigation of Ana Belen Montes commenced—but, instead, by the orders of their higher-ups on August 01, 2000 to investigate her as a target. And this investigation actually started, after two prior failed attempts to find an “unidentified subject”, years before, a time when such same line of intelligence investigation had been closed—twice—due to the U.S. Intelligence´s failure to uncover such, unknown, unidentified subject. Yet, on June 28, 2000 a full newspaper article appeared published, in Washington DC, in the Washington Times, which was self-funded ($15,000) by a private Cuban American citizen, which stated what was an, unequivocal, opposite version to the White House´s official version, at that time, regarding Cuba´s Intelligence apparatus toward U.S. national Security. This is fact, not fiction. Ana Belen Montes, who was the U.S. Intelligence officer and go-to person on Cuba, had authored a recommendation to the White House that Cuba no longer represented a risk to U.S. national security. She wantonly and knowingly made such false recommendation, while being a Cuban spy. Her false recommendation was subsequently accepted by the White House, thus greatly compromised and impacted negative and dangerously U.S. national security. Unbelievable! Meanwhile, the privately self-funded newspaper article written and published, by a Cuban American citizen, in a full-page appearing in the Washington Times, stated that the Cuban Intelligence apparatus network and its actions was a great risk to U.S. National Security. If the White house had a policy then that Cuba was NO LONGER a risk to U.S. National Security and this newspaper article suddenly—appearing right next to the President´s published agenda of that day, by the newspaper´s choice—then that newspaper article became an enormous eye soar within the very small Washington DC intelligence circle. Everybody in the Intelligence business in Washington DC saw and read it, specially, Ana Belen Montes and her handlers. The higher-ups of U.S. Intelligence in Washington DC questioned why would an outsider—this Cuban American citizen who self-funded the newspaper article—would publish such a thing, including providing specific evidence, therein, that Cuba in fact represented a great risk to United States national security. This position became and triggered the real possibility to restart the prior failed “unidentified subject” investigation acting as a mole in the U.S. Intelligence apparatus—targeted, now, specifically against Ana Belen Montes—who had recommended to the White House an official U.S. Intelligence policy, that Cuba no longer represented a risk to U.S. National Security.

    Even, John Bolton, a former Undersecretary of State, years later stated the Clinton White House was blind sighted by stating such an erroneous U.S. Intelligence policy toward Cuba, which adhered to the erroneous principle Cuba was no longer a risk to U.S. National Security and, thus, Ana Belen Montes represented the biggest breach to U.S. National Security. That newspaper article written and published and self-funded by a Cuban American citizen was a guiding compass to U.S. Intelligence. It was obvious.

    After all, José Rivera, an Assemblyman from the Bronx New York, a Puerto Rican, and an FALN sympathizer negotiated the support of the New York Puerto Rican electoral vote directly with Hillary Clinton, in exchange for the pardon of 16 “independentistas” FALN terrorists who set-off 120 bombs—including, in New York, at the Frauncey´s tavern bombing, on January 24, 1975 and others in Chicago, New York and Washington DC.

    Well guess what? How convenient, the wife of the then President of the United States, requested the pardon of 16 terrorists members of the FALN, a Puerto Rican paramilitary organization that set-off, those 120 bombs in the United States killing many people. Her husband and then President Bill Clinton, under executive privilege, gave the First Lady what she wanted, which would help her become a New York State Senator. And so she could later try to get them back into the White House as she tried recently but couldn´t. That´s exactly how the private citizen published it in a full-page, self-funded, newspaper article.

    Only thing, though, the Cuban American citizen and his very dear and decent, loving family–later–all greatly suffered due to an indictment guided by the revengeful occupants, at that time, of the White House. And all because the Cuban-American citizen, as a patriot, who was giving back to this nation, had the White House occupants´ crooked premeditated intentions clear and told it—through his self-funded newspaper article—and to their faces, for everyone in Washington DC to read, while these were the occupants of the White House. The Cuban American citizen believed—as he explained in his article—the White House occupants put their own personal interests above the interests of our nation, as it was irrevocably evident, as they placed the U.S. national security at risk, all, for their own selfish benefit, greed, of planning their return to the White House later. Yet, while compromising greatly this great nation. But the Cuban-American citizen never gave up, even as the years passed. One can never underestimate no one´s resources. Truly, there are no small enemies or large enemies, but, just enemies when they exist. This year, a brutal internet factual informational attack was unleashed, which served to bring down, one of the former White House occupants, as candidate during this past Presidential election, after losing it.

    Fidel Castro, indeed, had his hot buttons, he sure did. So does Raúl, sure does. Family, at this point in his long career, is foremost.

    Enjoy:

    LAS BARBAS DE BIRÁN

    Érase una isla del Caribe. Alongada—como ella—su inmensa variedad de fauna tropical y el verdor puro de su micro clima autóctono virgen. Incomparable por sus buenos, preciosos, haberes naturales.

    “¡Juana!” Así le llamaron. Pero fueron sólo unos instantes que le duró ese apelativo referencial. Menos tiempo que aquel si hubiese sido humana—y no isla—para realizarle el acto de un bautizo con ese nombre de mujer.

    Porque así era su belleza, como la de ese encantador género humano. La habían divisado de repente. Descubriéndola, hombres europeos—españoles—y él capitán italiano genovés con bandera de España a sus sinuosas costas llegaron.

    “La tierra más linda que ojos humanos hayan visto”. Colón la besaba mientras los tripulantes de la Niña, La Pinta y La Santa María quedaban deslumbrados.

    Todos estupefactos, ante tanta belleza inigualable a sus ojos. Isla, Ciclópea natural. Rodeada de aguas como esmeraldas pálidas, el color de sus playas.

    Un azul intenso, como noche de luna llena sus bahías esplendorosas, unidas a gigantescas sierras que bajaban desde los cielos hasta besarla en el mar.

    Los indios le llamaban “Cuba”. El sonido aborigen pegó, convirtiéndose en legado de su historia, última colonia—la joya predilecta—de la corona Española.

    Llegaron los negritos, negros como el azabache de noche clara que sostiene al firmamento repleto de estrellas. Ellos también quedaron mistificados del paisaje intenso verde, repleto de valles y terrenos accidentados montañosos.

    Acompañados de los interminables lumbrales de las inmensas arboledas, cobijando sus tierras por debajo en profunda oscuridad, donde los rayos de sol no penetran sus ricos suelos, húmedos con el don de la fertilidad.

    No estaban en las junglas del África, ni en la gran sabana del Serengueti. No habían llegado al Gran Valle del Rift.

    Pero era ahora su tierra en vida y en parte de ella se convirtieron, casándose en ritos santos en un pasionario grito ¡Yoruba!

    Así fueron replicando; “Lucumi”, “Oluku Mi”, mi amigo. La desnuda cultura negra Africana y la grandeza de la fe Católica, fundidas era el colorido intrínseco del costumbrismo cubano.

    Surgía en la Cuba aborigen—adentro de la joven potestad territorial española—la rica cultura cubana criolla.

    María la “O”, se enamoró, la mulata del fuego de ojos verdes, símil a un río caudaloso, escándalo propio de su poderosa vertiente verde. Nació la religión Afro Cubana.

    ¡Tanta felicidad había quedado preñada en sus entrañas! Tierra de la—Inmaculada—Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre. Bella y virgen mujer, aunque madre de Jesús.

    Cuba, tierra—inmaculada—virgen también y madre de todos sus hijos cubanos.

    Los dulces azúcares de sus erguidos cañaverales interminables, dieron paso agigantado a bienestar nacional y con pleno apogeo, de ardua labor, a economías pujantes a través de toda su extensión.

    La gran industria cubana florecía, se expandía, conjunto al continuo susurrar de la seductora brisa caribeña, llena del esplendor, de una tierra que bien sabía cantar, jugar, bailar, trabajar y educarse como pocas otras del continente.

    Y así, atrajo al vecino del norte, queriéndola enamorar para casarse con ella. Pretendiente de interés, que solo veía la hermosura de su riqueza, aunque sin comprenderla—no la podía amar—como capricho ciego, para adueñarse de ella, sin saber hablar su lengua madre.

    Los años arropados de progreso dieron camino certero a nuevas eras. Historia cubana republicana. Impulsándose a vestigios de incomparables logros en amplios niveles de su desarrollo.

    Más plazas de cine en la Habana que en París o Nueva York. Más alto el per cápita de radios por millar, que en el país más avanzado del mundo. La televisión tecnológica, recién descubierta, sus colores, llegaron primero que a otra tierra 90 millas al norte.

    Los destellos económicos prolíferos daban a saber, al mundo: Cuba se levantaba a pesar de dictaduras y funestos senos de gobiernos, rodeados por aquellos—malos hijos—quienes robaban sus riquezas, pisoteando el corazón y los brazos de un pueblo que reclamaba civismo y libertad.

    Así llego aquel; un enigma fuera de Birán. El oportunismo sobre su siempre nuevito verde olivo, inconsecuente fuente del infortunio cubano.

    Pueblo consecuente, borracho de alegría por la huida del Banés, compueblano anterior de aquel, da paso a lo incógnito.

    Con sigilo y alevosía el paredón impuso el terror. Derramándose como ríos de sangre cubana para—intentar—ahogar gritos puros, patrios. ¡Viva Cristo Rey! ¡Viva Cuba Libre! ¡Abajo él!

    ¡Comandante, depredador de los derechos civiles cubanos!

    Como un ladrón en la noche, bajo engañosas pretensiones fundadas en el fracaso de su propio engendramiento, ingrato, robándole vida llena a millones de cubanos.

    Robaste a Martí, en su tumba material, el gozo suyo por la libertad de su pueblo por todo lo que él lucho, en vida, dando la suya. Pero Martí te hará la guerra, sobre tú propia guerra en el infierno, y bajará él desde los cielos montado sobre Baconao, engalanado con alas blancas, para abatirte en tu inmortalidad infernal.

    Soberbia, anti-cubana. Oscuridad de pensamiento y gestión, como una rosa negra, maldita, marchita. Resarcirse con devastadora alevosía para violar a Cuba.

    Madre nuestra y mujer bella, Cuba eres Patria abnegada.

    Como manto santo de todos los cubanos, lloras de tristeza y lloras por traición.

    Vileza del oprobio son; las Barbas de Birán.

    COPYRIGHT—Jorge Garrido, © June, 2012

  3. The Cuban DI are operational fighting for a system that is a lie. They are restricted on knowledge and their knowledge is based only on whatever issues is convenient for the Castro regime. These people are indoctrinated at an early age and not necessarily are they thought on what is the truth or lie on any issue they are dealing with every day. The DI agents blindly fight for what they believe is the truth, even though is a lie. At the end when they find out that the system they have defended for so long is based on a lie,they defect and come to America. The system they are living and fighting for is a closed system in which they can not use the internet as a reference for any topic they have any doubt. Their internet is filled with news that are manipulated by their communist government and is limited for whatever their system want them to see or search for. In following this communist close agenda and not having plenty choices to base their work on they become predictable,anyone that hates that communist system and have suffered under that system is able to predict their actions to any given situation. We will know with exactitude which exile is legit and which one is a communist implant.

    The DI primary way of operating against the exiles is attacking the moral principles of the person. Once the moral principles are compromised the exile testimony is not valid because was prove to be someone that is lacking the values to be credible.This agents are prone to manipulate primarily those refugees that are having connections with the Island. If the refugee has family in the Island they will get the information of those family members in the island and they will manipulate those refugees as soon as they step on Cuban soil. The Cuban DI as the MININT’s primary mission is that of protecting the dictator in power and the ruling elite. the members of the Cuban communist political bureau. In fighting those DI agents, anyone that opposes those DI agents can really make their lives a living nightmare.

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