In the latest batch of emails released by WikiLeaks from John Podesta, the Hillary Clinton campaign manager admits that Cuba’s Castro regime murdered Cuban human rights activist Oswaldo Payá. In July of 2012 Payá and Harold Cepero were assassinated by the Cuban government when the car they were traveling in was rammed off the road by State Security agents and crashed into a tree.
“Yes. Oswaldo Paya. Cuban government ran him off the road and killed him almost certainly.“
For Rosa Maria Payá, a human rights activist and the daughter of the slain Cuban dissident, this latest WikiLeaks revelation divulges nothing new regarding the murder of her father. She believes that the Obama administration is very aware of the fact that her father was assassinated by State Security agents of the Castro government. In an interview with Martí Noticias, Rosa Maria Payá responded to the WikiLeaks email with the following (my translation):
“What WikiLeaks reveals is nothing new. We all know that what happened to my father was an assassination. We know that the U.S. administration is aware that the death of my father and Harold Cepero came as a result of an assassination carried out by the Cuban government’s State Security.”
Despite being aware of the Castro regime’s assassination of Payá and Cepero, the Obama administration has nevertheless continued its policy of unilateral concessions to the island’s apartheid dictatorship. Furthermore, as violent repression on the island has increased dramatically since the president’s policy change, the Hillary Clinton campaign has vowed to double-down on Obama’s failed Cuba policy. Clinton’s running mate Tim Kaine says a Hillary administration will continue to move forward in normalizing relations with Havana’s apartheid regime and will definitely not take any steps backward.
In other words, Hillary Clinton will continue Obama’s policy of not holding the apartheid Castro regime accountable for its imprisonment and violent attacks against peaceful human rights activists or its assassinations of dissidents.