Writing in the Washington Free Beacon, Bill Gertz uncovers the worst kept secret of the Cold War.
“During the Cold War, the Central Intelligence Agency bucked the law of averages by recruiting double agents on an industrial scale; it was hoodwinked not a few but many times,” writes Benjamin B. Fischer, CIA’s former chief historian.
Of course, a central player in that hoodwinking was Castro’s Cuba.
Double agents are foreign nationals recruited by a spy service that are secretly loyal to another spy agency. They are used to feed false disinformation for intelligence and policy purposes and to extract secrets while pretending to be loyal agents…
The CIA’s first major double agent failure occurred in Cuba and was revealed by Cuban intelligence officer Florentino Aspillaga, who defected to the CIA in 1987.
Aspillaga revealed that some four-dozen CIA recruits over a 40-year period secretly had been working for the communist government in Havana and supplying disinformation to the CIA.
Later that year, Cuban state television confirmed the compromise in a documentary revealing the existence of 27 phony CIA agents, along with their secret CIA communications and photographic gear.
The intelligence failure was covered up by the congressional intelligence oversight committees, according to Fischer…
About 15 years ago a former CIA agent told me that he once asked his colleagues about Cuba and they told him the agency had given up completely on any human intelligence in Cuba as EVERY SINGLE ASSET IN THE COUNTRY HAD BEEN PROVEN OVER TIME TO BE A DOUBLE AGENT.
Double agents are different than foreign penetration agents, or moles, who spy from within agencies while posing as career intelligence officers.
Well, it’s not like we’ve ever had any of those from Cuba.
Beneath all the propaganda about a humble but proud “socialist” state Cuba runs one of the best intelligence and counterintelligence services in the world. It’s no wonder, because they were trained by the undisputed leaders, the East German Stasi. But they are our new friends now, right Barack?