The CIA was “ECSTATIC!” with Fidel Castro’s grasp of the dangers of Communism
I SWEAR I am not making this up. I'm quoting former U.S. ambassador to Cuba (59-60) Phil Bonsal regarding Fidel Castro's visit to Washington D.C. in April 1959:
"Castro's need to be warned of the menace of International Communist plots and conspiracies was not neglected by the CIA. A friendly, persuasive and fluently Spanish-speaking representative of the agency who had an opportunity of speaking with the Cuban Prime Minister for over an hour emerged in a state of ecstacy regarding Castro's receptivity responsiveness and understanding. A channel was established through which Castro might be kept up to date (by the CIA!!! these master sleuths!) as to the intentions of Moscow and Peking."
On the visit Castro also met Vice President Nixon who ( like much of the Old Right) regarded the CIA as "full of Ivy League liberal eggheads." Nixon almost immediately sussed Fidel Castro. Shortly after the short meeting he was already urging at least contingency plans against him. A bit later he became the "main booster" and administration "point-man" for what came to be known as the Bay of Pigs. Below Tricky-Dick recounts the CIA's early estimate of Castro to some friends: