International News Analysis discusses how the Vatican, fielding the world’s oldest intelligence service, seeks to protect its interests and faithful against the Castro regime. Supporting the Castro brothers in this “dangerous dance” is Havana’s Directorate of Intelligence, one of the best spy services in the world, and the dreaded Directorate of Counterintelligence (DCI). The latter organization — considered the most repressive entity on the island — is responsible for domestic security.
Fourteen years ago today, the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) published an unclassified assessment titled “The Cuban Threat to U.S. National Security.” In it, Ana Belen Montes, the primary author of the assessment, minimized Havana’s strategic abilities. Less than three and a half years later, Montes was arrested for espionage – the highest ranking Cuban spy ever imprisoned by the US government.
The unclassified DIA document concluded “Cuba has a limited ability to engage in some military and intelligence activities which could pose a danger…” In reality, Montes added the passing reference to Castro’s intelligence service only at the insistence of this author, with whom she coordinated her assessment. Her original draft omitted Cuba’s intelligence services. Montes’ very soft-line position attracted a lot of negative attention within DIA and at the Pentagon. In fact, before forwarding the assessment to Congress, Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen took the extraordinary step of adding a transmittal letter highlighting his concerns regarding Cuban intelligence, Havana’s dismal human rights record, and nuclear and biological issues.
Amazingly, almost a decade after the conviction of this spy, the Pentagon press release regarding her infamous claim remains on-line (http://www.defense.gov/releases/release.aspx?releaseid= 1667). Thankfully, someone in the Public Affairs office took down two documents attached to the press release. So why didn’t the Pentagon finish the job and remove the press announcement as well? Researchers can find all three documents elsewhere on the Internet, as well as at the National Archives. The fact that this material remains on line at the Pentagon – without context – is offensive and embarrassing.
May 5, 2006: Rafael Dausa Cespedes, one of Havana’s highest-ranking Intelligence Officers, assumed his duties as Ambassador to Bolivia. Twelve years earlier, Dausa Cespedes was posted as Third Secretary at the Cuban Interests Section in Washington, DC. A meteoric rise followed and within five years he was appointed to New York City as Ambassador at the Cuban Mission to the United Nations (CMUN). By early 2004, Dausa Cespedes served as Director of the North American Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and was promoted to Deputy Foreign Minister in 2005.
In a change of strategy, Alan Gross continues the media outreach he began two weeks ago with NBC’s Andrea Mitchell. Intended to keep his situation before the US public, it follows wife Judy Gross’ recent hiring of a public relations firm. Expect media coverage to intensify as friends and family promote any and all possibilities to secure his freedom.
Two spies thrown out of the US for espionage activities continue to enjoy their posting in Managua. The two officers belong to Havana’s foreign intelligence service, the Directorate of Intelligence (DI), consistently ranked among the top six spy organizations in the world. A third individual, the Cuban Military Attaché, rounds out the pool of identified intelligence or intelligence-affiliated personnel now serving in Managua.
In late December 1998, First Secretary Eduardo Martinez Borbonet was expelled for his involvement in the South Florida based Wasp Network, the largest spy ring ever known to operate on US soil. The diplomat-spy served at the Cuban Mission to the United Nations (CMUN), the traditional hub for Havana’s US-based espionage operations. Martinez Borbonet had arrived approximately eight years earlier as a lowly Third Secretary.
He subsequently went on to serve as a Counselor in the North America Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MINREX). Martinez Borbonet arrived in Nicaragua last November, two weeks after a landslide victory propelled longtime Havana-ally Daniel Ortega into a controversial third term. The appointment of Martinez Borbonet as ambassador reflects the increasingly close ties between the two nations. Previously, Rene Ceballo Prats had led the Embassy as chargé d’affaires since 2009.
In 1995, Armando Tomas Amieva Dalboys served as a Third Secretary at the Cuban Interests Section in Washington, DC. He was later transferred to New York City for CMUN service. In May 2003, the US expelled 14 Cuban diplomats for espionage in retaliation for Havana’s efforts against US military forces involved in Operation Iraqi Freedom. CMUN First Secretary Amieva Dalboys was among those included in the mass expulsion, the third largest such action in US history. Now assigned as the Counselor in Managua, Amieva Dalboys most likely heads the “DI Center” hidden within the Embassy.
José González Padrón serves as one of a handful of Cuban Military Attachés around the world. Like the ambassador, he is a recent arrival, having served as Havana’s Military Attaché in Moscow through at least late November 2011. An Attaché posting is not necessarily synonymous with service in Cuba’s little known Directorate of Military Intelligence (DIM). That said, Military Attachés are universally known to include overt intelligence collection in their official duties.
According to Cuba’s MINREX, only ten diplomats are assigned to its Embassy in Nicaragua.
Ramiro Valdes, the two-time former head of Cuban Intelligence, travels to Nicaragua for the funeral of former Sandinista leader, Tomas Borge.
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Ros-Lehtinen Says, That If True, Cuban Spies Living In Buenos Aires Are A Further Sign Of The Danger
Posed By The Castro Dictatorship
Miami, Florida – Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) released the following statement today regarding press reports that three Cuban spies who were expelled from the U.S. in 2003 may be living in Buenos Aires, Argentina:
“Cuba’s foreign intelligence service, the Directorate of Intelligence (DI), is known as one of the most effective and ruthless intel agencies in the world. And do you know what its main mission is? Its orders are to globally subvert U.S. policies while keeping the Castro tyranny in perpetual power over the long suffering Cuban people.
The Castro brothers are intent on staying in power and one of their many ruthless mechanisms for accomplishing this is their feared network of spies and collaborators. If true, I am deeply troubled by these reports that three Cuban spies expelled from the United States in 2003 are living a plush life in Buenos Aires. This is another example of the Cuban regime planting its operatives abroad in order to increase its spy network and garner intelligence.
One only has to look at the press reports today indicating Maria Eugenia Quesada Prieto of Cuban State Security is visiting South Florida to recognize the Castro brothers’ intentions to infiltrate the U.S.
Cuban spies pose a real danger to our nation and they should be treated as enemies of America.”