Above: Upon instructions from his KGB handler Nikolai Leonev in June of 1958, Raul Castro dutifully kidnapped 47 American hostages from the Moa Nickel plant and Guantanamo base in Oriente. The KGB-mentored plan was to blackmail the U.S. government to further pull the rug out from Batista–and it worked splendidly. Above we see crackerjack CIA officer in Santiago, Cuba Robert Weicha and Raul Castro shake on the deal that freed the hostages. (i.e. that saw a clueless U.S. submitting to shameless KGB-directed blackmail.)
Above: Raul Castro and Che Guevara eagerly employing the state of the art equiptment provided them by the CIA to launch Radio Rebelde.
Writing in the prestigious International Journal of Intelligence and CounterIntelligence
(Volume 27, Issue 2, 2014) the man who served as the CIA’s crackerjack station chief in Santiago Cuba from 1957-60 Robert D. Chapman bashes my book The Longest Romance pretty severely. In the offical journal of American Center for Democracy he titles the same review: “Rewriting Cuban History.”
Gee? Now what could possibly have motivated him?
Well, let’s see; my earlier book Fidel: Hollywood’s Favorite Tyrant included a chapter very subtly titled, “Stupid Liberals in the CIA.” My latest book includes the following items:
“Me and my staff were all Fidelistas,” boasted Robert Reynolds, the CIA’s “Caribbean Desk’s specialist on the Cuban Revolution” from 1957-1960. Reynolds was visiting Cuba and chumming it up with Fidel himself at the time of his boast, during a conference” in 2001.
“Everyone in the CIA and everyone at State was pro-Castro, except (Republican) ambassador Earl Smith.” (CIA operative in Santiago Cuba 1957’59, Robert Weicha.)
“Don’t worry. We’ve infiltrated Castro’s guerrilla group in the Sierra Mountains. The Castro brothers and Ernesto “Che” Guevara have no affiliations with any Communists whatsoever.” (crackerjack Havana CIA station chief Jim Noel 1958.)
In the fall of ’57, the CIA smuggled into Cuba the state-of-the-art transmitters that became Castro and Che’s “Radio Rebelde” From these mics, the Castroites broadcast their “guerrilla victories” island-wide, along with their plans to uplift Cuba into a Caribbean Shangri-La inspired by the principles of Adam Smith, John Stuart Mill, Thomas Jefferson, and St Francis of Assisi.”
“Without U.S. help Fidel Castro would never have gotten into power,” flatly testified former U.S. Ambassador to Cuba, Earl T. Smith during Congressional testimony in 1960.
Senator Dodd: (in preparation for his post) your successor as Ambassador to Cuba, Earl Smith was actually (sent by his State Dept. superiors) to be briefed by New York Times’ Herbert Matthews?
Ambassador GARDNER. “Yes, that is right.”
Senator Eastland: “Mr Smith, you had been warning the State Department that Castro was a Marxist?’
Mr. Smith: “Yes, sir….
Senator Eastland: “Would you say that the American Government then, including all of its agencies, was largely responsible for bringing Castro to power?”
Mr Smith: “The State Department played a large part in bringing Castro to power. The press, and other Government agencies (CIA), members of Congress are also responsible.”
Mr. SOURWINE. “Mr. Smith, what agencies of the U.S. Government had a hand in bringing pressure to overthrow the Batista government, and how did they do it?
Mr. SMITH: “Well…lower down echelons in the CIA. I would say representatives of the majority of the U.S. Government agencies which have anything to do with the Embassy..I would say the Chief of the Political Section, John Topping, and the Chief of the CIA Section. It was revealed that the No. 2 CIA man in the embassy had given unwarranted and undue encouragement to the (Castro) revolutionaries…..Senator, we (the U.S.) are responsible for bringing Castro in power. I do not care how you want to word it.”
Interestingly, former Santiago CIA station-chief Robert D. Chapman–while claiming I’m rewriting Cuban History, does not directly challenge the veracity of any of these items!
In my book, relying on the sworn testimony of a former U.S. ambassador to Cuba Arthur Gardner–I write about how Herbert Matthews–rather than undergoing a hair-raisingly, spine-tinglingly perilous trip to meet Castro in the Sierra–was actually aided, both by the U.S. embassy officials and Batista’s people (who thought Castro was dead at the time.) I also cite Manuel Marquez-Sterling’s excellent book as a source for this item.
Well, here (and I swear I am not making this up!) is Mr Chapman’s rebuttal to my fully-documented charge: “This information (Fontova’s) conflicts with everything ever written about Matthews’s journey to Castro.”
Yes, Mr Chapman: THAT’S THE ENTIRE RATIONALE FOR MY BOOK!!!–(i.e. correcting the commonly-accepted media bullshit regarding the Cuban Revolution.)
My sources are the sworn testimony of a U.S. ambassador to Cuba and the accounts from one of pre-Castro’ Cuba’s most respected political figures (Carlos Marquez-Sterling.)
Che and Fidel can’t control themselves after reading what the crackerjack CIA’s crackerjack Santiago station chief Robert D. Chapman (on left) reported back to Washington about their motivation and goals.
But apparently crackerjack CIA intelligence sleuth Robert D. Chapman still prefers the word of the Julio 26 Movement! Apparently nothing in the intervening 57 years has caused Mr Chapman to question the veracity of the claims made by the folks (The Castro brothers, Vilma Espin, and the rest of Castro’s 26 Julio movement operatives in Oriente) he believed wholeheartedly from 1957-60!
Chapman also questions many other fully-documented items in my book, most notably the Castro regime’s death toll. True to form, Chapman still prefers the word of the Julio 26 Movement to the documentation of such as the Cuba archive.
Here’s some background on Chapman as provided by NPR, where he was a guest Cuba “expert” :
“The best CIA reporting on Castro and his followers came from Santiago, the city at the eastern end of Cuba where the movement was strongest. Robert Chapman, the chief CIA officer in Santiago, was on his first field assignment when he arrived in 1957 and found himself in the center of a revolution.
“I knew everybody in town, more or less,” Chapman says. “The press was coming through. I would brief them on security, and I later found that my name was posted in the New York Press Club. If you’re going to see Castro, see Bob, you know?”
In other words, CIA station chief Chapman was probably the official facilitator/travel agent for such as Herbert Matthews, Robert Taber, etc. to “interview” Castro!