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Cuba’s Chief Spy in the U.S. making the rounds

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Jose Ramon Cabañas Rodriguez

Cuba Confidential reports on Jose Ramon Cabañas Rodriguez, the Castro dictatorship's new head of their Cuban Interests Section in Washington D.C. and for all intents and purposes the regime's Chief Spy in the U.S., who is busy making the rounds in the D.C.:

First stop, an "unannounced" appearance at the Council of Foreign Relations:

CFR Hosts “Unannounced” Presentation With Chief of Cuban Interests Section

On Wednesday, January 25th, the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in Washington DC hosted an unpublicized presentation by the Chief of the Cuban Interests Section, Ambassador José R. Cabañas. The agenda for Havana’s Ambassador called for an update on Cuba’s economic and social model. Cabañas addressed more than 40 guests on what the Interests Section referred to as “ the process of transformation going on on the island…” (sic). The event, reportedly attended by members of the U.S. academic, political, business and media world, took the form of a dialogue, moderated by Julia Sweig, a self-professed friend of half a dozen Cuban Intelligence Officers. According to an internet posting by the Interests Section, “The well-known scholar made an introduction and posed central questions, opening the floor for the audience to address specific concerns.”

Curiously, the nearly two-hour discussion from January 25th is not listed on the CFR’s roster, Past Meetings, but was belatedly “advertised” by the Cuban Interests Section on Tuesday, January 24th: Lo mas reciente en noticias

Next stop, an "off-the-record" appearance at the target rich Georgetown University:

Breaking News: Cuban Ambassador Makes “Off-the-Record” Appearance at “Target-Rich” University

Ambassador José Ramón Cabañas Rodríguez is currently scheduled to be at Georgetown University from noon through two p.m. to speak at the Ambassador Series, hosted by the school’s Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS). Georgetown is a longtime target of Cuban Intelligence, a fact documented by well-respected Directorate of Intelligence (DI) defector Jose Cohen in his 2002 publication, El Servicio de Inteligencia Castrista y la Comunidad Academica Norteamericana (See: el-servicio-de-inteligencia-castrista-y-la-comunidad-academica-norteamericana). Havana regularly seeks opportunities to “spot and assess” sympathetic individuals from among Georgetown’s students to develop the next generation of “penetration” agents within the U.S. government.

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