(Top Left (on right) Julio 26 Agent Mario Llerena, who was also Herbert Matthews’ contact and an AP stringer. Pic shows him fundraising for Fidel Castro in New York alongside (poor-sap) Manuel Urrutia in 1958. It was Llerena, who served as an AP stringer, who photo-copied over 3000 copies of Matthews” articles and mailed them to Havana’s Social Registry— whose members, despite what they claim nowadays, squealed with delight and spread the word much further. On right: AP Cuba reporter Andrea Rodriguez, who contributed to the ZunZuneo (non)story.)
As well known hereabouts it was the Associated Press who “broke” the ZunZuneo (non)story. Some fascinating items regarding their possible motives:
From jailed Cuban blogger Angel Santiesteban Prats as recently reported right here at Babalu:
“Before entering prison, the only media based in the island that came to me was the Associated Press (AP) via Andrea Rodríguez, their correspondent. All the opposition advised me not to grant her an interview, branded her as a Cuban security agent, used to misrepresent the evidence, and to manipulate the news to favor the communist government and harm the opposition...Later I learned that this “journalist” is married to a former official from the political police.”
Let’s reverse the reel a few decades:
The Associated Press’ dispatches on Castro’s “guerrilla war” during 1957-58 were written word for word from a desk in Manhattan by Fidel Castro’s own agent in New York Mario Llerena, who later defected and snickered about the AP racket in his mea-culpa book titled The Unsuspected Revolution.