Arturo Lopez-Callejas (“Artie Levy” to you!) calls the Developement Alternatives Inc. memo mentioning Babalu a “declassifed U.S. government document.” (in the comments section of The Havana Note) Jose Cardenas sets him straight:
Correction. That is not an official U.S. document — declassified or otherwise — that you are breathlessly quoting from. That is an internal DAI memo written after meeting with US officials. Big difference — which you should have recognized as a former Cuban intelligence analyst.
Any questions why Arturo was booted from MINIT’s intelligence analysis dept.? Say what you want about Castro’s MINIT, but they don’t suffer fools gladly–at least as employees (otherwise they adore them, especially the foreign media, academic and political kind.)
And here was an analyst who (apparently) couldn’t distinguish a declassified Gov. document from a private corporate memo!
“Arturito’s not the brightest bulb on the tree,” you can hear MINIT officials saying years ago. “But he’s tall, blue-eyed, glib and knows American slang. A camera-friendly “people-person.” The boy belongs in outside sales. Let’s send him off to peddle our propaganda in the U.S. district….”
“we have U.S. newspaper people on the payroll, don’t we, Tom?..they might like Arturo?”…
“Boy DO we!…and yes, they might, they just might.”
“Great, we’ll have them running to Arturito every time Cuba hits the U.S. news cycle. They’ll call him an “Expert.”“Arturito’s much more useful to us in the U.S. Heaven knows we tried and tried to work with him, as his uncle well knows. But Arturito just can’t seem to get the hang of this analysis work. His uncle will understand.”
“Send Arturo off to do this, send Arturo off to do that…I can handle things! I’m smart! Not like everybody says – like dumb. I’m smart and I want respect!”