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.”
Cuban Spy Olga Salanueva, the wife of “Cuban 5” member Rene Gonzalez, rallies supporters in Uruguay.
On May 2, 2004, the Mexican government ordered Cuba’s Ambassador, Jorge Bolaños Suarez, to leave Mexico within 48 hours. Mexico also declared Embassy political adviser Orlando Silva Fors Persona Non Grate (PNG) and forbid future visits by Cuban officials Jose Antonio Arbesu & Pedro Miguel Lobaina-Jimenez de Castro. Mexico stated its actions responded to acts by Arbesu, Lobaina, and Fors which were “unacceptable activities (in Mexico…) outside of the institutional context and procedures established in existing agreements and treaties between the two countries.” According to Le Monde, Lobaina headed the Mexico Section of the “Americas Area,” the intelligence wing of the Cuban Communist Party. Arbesu headed the Americas Area.
In the early 1970s, the CIA identified Bolaños as a suspected Intelligence Officer. In the mid 1990s, Bolaños served as a First Vice Minister in MINREX, where he oversaw Havana’s interactions with Cubans living overseas. Cuba and Mexico resolved Bolaños’ expulsion officer, who continued to serve as Havana’s ambassador before being appointed to his current position — chief of the Cuban Interests Section in Washington, DC.
Fox News takes a self-inflicted credibility wound in its story, “Cuba’s Residents Hope to Travel Freely, at Last.” http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/news/2012/05/01/cuba-residents-hope-to-travel-freely-at-last/ This single story features three agenda-laden “Cuba experts:”
- Phil Peters of the Lexington Institute. An organization discredited years ago for writing flattering news stories on its corporate sponsors in the defense sector.
- Ann Louise Bardach, who freely admitted in her book, Without Fidel, that a Cuban Intelligence Officer attempted to recruit her.
- Arturo Lopez-Levy, a doctoral candidate who remains very guarded about both his previous service in the Cuban government and his family connections.
- “Is Arturo Lopez-Levy a Cuban Agent?” “Yes, Affirmed my Contact,” http://babalublog.com/2011/03/is-arturo-lopez-levy-a-cuban-agent-yes-affimred-my-contact/, March 4, 2011.
Cuba remains the wild-card in the shaping of a post-Chavez Venezuela. The Castro regime has invested considerable resources (especially intelligence personnel) and its penetration of the Venezuelan government is pervasive. Rest assured, Havana will do everything in its power to maintain an allied administration in Caracas. For Cuba, failure is not an option.