Media Adds New Details to Cuba’s Targeting of Terry McAuliffe 2

Analyst: Terry McAuliffe Likely Spied Upon During Cuban Visit

VA Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Traveled to Cuba in 2010

By Lachian Markay, Washington Free Beacon

A former U.S. counterintelligence officer claims Terry McAuliffe, the Democratic candidate for Virginia governor, was likely spied on by Cuban intelligence services during a 2010 visit to Havana.

McAuliffe visited Cuba to promote Virginia’s agricultural exports. He convinced the regime to allow imports of Virginia apples, poultry, soybeans, and wine, the Washington Post reported.

McAuliffe met with Jorge Bolaños, a retired Cuban spy who now heads the Cuban Interests Section in the United States, ahead of the trip. The bureau is the communist nation’s diplomatic outpost in Washington, D.C. and experts believe it houses members of the nation’s clandestine services.

McAuliffe would later attend a party hosted by Bolaños at the Cuban Interests Section.

His meeting with Bolaños prior to the Havana junket likely triggered increased attention from the Directorate of Intelligence, Cuba’s spy agency, during the trip, according to Chris Simmons, a former top U.S. Army counterintelligence official specializing in Cuba.

“Given the Directorate’s intimate understanding of the American political arena, it undoubtedly awarded McAuliffe a level of attention fair beyond normal business travelers since his return to politics was virtually assured,” Simmons wrote last week.

Bolaños is officially “retired,” Simmons noted, but he reportedly “maintained close ties with staff members of two of Cuba’s five spy services as well as the Superior Institute of Intelligence (ISI), where the regime’s civilian intelligence officers are trained.”

Simmons boasts in his online bio that he was “deeply involved with the majority of U.S. Counterintelligence successes against Cuba” from 1996 to 2004.

“You can take what he says to the bank,” Humberto Fontova, a Cuban-American author who is critical of the Castro regime, said of Simmons’ analysis.

“This is old hat,” Fontova told the Washington Free Beacon in an email, noting that he documented instances of Cuban espionage involving high-profile American officials in his book, The Longest Romance: The Mainstream Media and Fidel Castro.

Fontova pointed specifically to quotes from Cuban intelligence officers who say they were tasked with eavesdropping on famous Americans.

“My job was to bug visiting American’s hotel rooms […] with both cameras and listening devices. And famous Americans are the priority objectives of Castro’s intelligence,” Cuban intelligence defector Delfin Fernandez told Fontova.

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Secretary Clinton, Cuban Government Spar After Blitzer Interview 1

Sec. Clinton, Cuban govt. spar after Blitzer interview

Cuba continues to exploit Alan Gross’ interview with Wolf Blitzer by pressing its argument linking Gross’ future to the fate of its imprisoned Wasp Network spies, lauded by the Castro regime as “The Cuban 5.”

After Blitzer’s interview, CNN received a letter from retired spy Jorge Bolanos, the top Cuban diplomat in Washington.  The letter outlined the Castro government’s views on Gross’ case, writing “The undercover activities of Mr. Gross in Cuba constitute crimes in many countries, including the United States.”  Bolanos began the letter saying, “The Cuban government has conveyed to the U.S. its willingness to have a dialogue to find a humanitarian solution to the case of Mr. Gross on a reciprocal basis.”

Secretary Clinton refuted allegations that Gross was an intelligence agent, but did not directly reject a prisoner swap.

The chess game between U.S. and Cuban officials continues today at 4pm when Blitzer interviews spy-diplomat Josefina Vidal, the Head of the North American Division of the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

CAFE: Changing the Aroma of Cuban-American Politics Reply

http://blogs.independent.co.uk/2012/05/10/cafe-changing-the-aroma-of-cuban-american-politics/

From across the pond, the UK Independent provides an extremely biased and inaccurate assessment of US-Cuban relations.  Not surprisingly, the author focused on Castro apologist Arturo López-Levy and his role as a founding member of Cuban-Americans for Engagement  (CAFE).  Blogger Manuel Barcia called CAFE  “a bold move from the progressive sections of the Cuban-American community to bring both countries closer than they have been for half a century.”  He also stressed the extensive news coverage in the Cuban media of CAFE’s engagements and meetings in Washington DC.   I am curious, however, why he failed to address whether CAFE met with retired spy, Jorge Alberto Bolaños Suarez, chief of the Cuban Interests Section and visiting diplomat-spy, Josefina Vidal, director of the North American Department of Cuba’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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