“Imagine if you will…a place that claims to idolize artistic freedom and abhor the slightest censorship of artistic expression. Now imagine this same place honoring–and with its highest honor, the Nobel prize–a functionary of the police forces of a totalitarian police-state that jailed, tortured, murdered and exiled the most artists of any regime in the Western hemisphere….welcome to:…”
The disclosure of “Gabo’s” services as an auxiliiary for the KGB-mentored secret police of a totalitarian regime come from Armando Valladares (in fact he disclosed them years ago.) Naturally the item remains utterly unreported by the normally scandal-ravenous MSM:
“Many years ago Garcia Marquez became an informer for Castro’s secret police. At the time, back in Havana, Cuban dissident and human-rights activist, Ricardo Bofill, with help of the then-reporter for Reuters, Collin McSevengy, managed to enter the Havana hotel where García Márquez was having a few drinks. In a quiet corner, with absolute discretion, Bofill gave García Márquez a series of documents relating to several Cuban artists.
A few weeks later Castro’s police arrested Ricardo Bofill–and displayed on the table right next to Castro’s police torturer–were the very documents which Bofill had given Garcia Marquez.
On October 13, 1968 the Spanish newspapers ABC and Diario 16, published Bofill’s disclosures and headlined that: “García Márquez’ revelations led to the imprisonment of numerous Cuban writers and artists.”
Some of his friends and defenders have said that Garcia-Marquez interceded for my (Armando Valladares’) freedom. This is ABSOLUTELY untrue – a complete lie. I have enough moral honesty (something he lacked) to admit it, if it had been true. But this lie was a maneuver by his (Gabo’s) buddies, to link him with some of the international support that actually produced my release. In fact what Garcia-Marquez actually did, was to use the Nobel Prize ceremony to repeat the Castro regime’s very lies and calumnies against me.”
“In 1980, I gave Garcia Marquez a letter where we denounced the situation of political prisoners in 1982 in the lobby of the Hotel Riviera. When they arrested me three months later, the State Security agent had that letter in his hands,” Bofill said.
Bofill said that after his release in 1987, he approached Garcia Marquez in the International Film Club of Havana to ask him about his behavior and the Colombian writer told him “he had given the letter to Fidel.”