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Nobel-Winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez (on top of being a fervent Castro propagandist) was also a volunteer snitch for Castro’s secret police

(Top: Their Majesties Queen Silvia and King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden pose with Gabriel García Márquez and his family at the Nobel Banquet in the Stockholm City Hall, Sweden, on 10 December 1982.) "Imagine if you will...a place that claims to idolize artistic freedom and abhor the slightest censorship of artistic expression. Now imagine […]

La Brigada 2506; “Their feat of arms still amazes professional military men” (as it did Jackie Kennedy)

"It is my hope that my son will grow into a man at least half as brave as the members of Brigade 2506." (Jackie Kennedy addressing freed Bay of Pigs prisoners, Orange Bowl Dec. 29, 1962.) When the smoke cleared and their ammo had been expended to the very last bullet, when a hundred of […]

Bay of Pigs–nothing new under the sun

Every couple of years, for the past 40 or so, more stuff on the Bay of Pigs gets breathlessly "declassified!" blah...blah..blah generating more books and articles and symposiums...blah...blah...blah by "scholars" and "experts." As a professional duty I've read all of it--and you know what? Every Cuban in the U.S. knew all this stuff in 1961--at […]

The Bay of Pigs–An Anniversary of Heroism and Shame

Grayston Lynch helped train, in his own words, “brave boys who had never before fired a shot in anger” — college students, farmers, doctors, common laborers, whites, blacks, mulattoes. They were known as La Brigada 2506, an almost precise cross-section of Cuban society of the time. The Brigada included men from every social strata and […]

The Atlantic’s and Bloomberg’s Cuba “expert,” Jeffrey Goldberg, baffled by presence of U.S. food products for sale in Cuba

Jeffrey Goldberg himself somehow foiling his nation's diabolical embargo of Cuba. "Near the beach was a small shop selling the same nine items that all Cuban tourist stores sell: Che Guevara T-shirts, Che Guevara postcards, dry Brazilian crackers, that sort of thing. But this store, somewhat unusually, carried two American products as well: Pringles and […]

A few more items on Cuban Twitter omitted by the AP

Cuban spy Josefina Vidal gleefully greeting one of her easier marks And speaking of Cuban spies. In one of their many stories exposing this hideous (Cuba Twitter) scandal, the AP consults one of its favorite Cuban sources Josefina Vidal, introducing her as "director of U.S. affairs at Cuba's Foreign Ministry.""The ZunZuneo program shows once again […]

What Senator Patrick Leahy and the Associated Press aren’t telling you about Cuban Twitter

It’s not often that a U.S. government agency gets caught red-handed abiding by its charter and performing its publicly-avowed and legislatively-approved duties. But last week the AP “broke” a long and breathless story from Havana that nailed the USAID (United States Agency for International Development) for just that. In their own words, “a secret plan […]

How President Reagan handled U.S. hostages taken by terror-sponsoring regimes

On Dec. 20, 1983 (Ethiopian Communist dictator) Mengistu's thugs burst into meeting (CIA officer) Timothy Wells was holding in Adis Ababa, hog-tied wells and hauled him off... On Feb 4th, 1984 deputy director of the CIA Vernon Walters got off a plane in Addis Ababa and visited Mengistu in Asmara's Presidential palace. "The President of […]

Castro agents on Capitol Hill?

"(Cuban DGI agent) Teofilo Acosta boasted recently to a (U.S.)Congressional staffer that he 'had a number of Senators and Congressmen in his pocket." (Robert Moss, the London Daily Telegraph, September 3, 1979.) "(Cuban intelligence Cuban defector) Aspillaga told me that the DGI had enlisted two productive spies inside the State Dept. He said that sometime […]

Associated Press–a long and illustrious tradition of Cuba reporting.

(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 […]

“Leahy The Leaker” was his nickname, helping terror-sponsoring dictators was his game

You'll note that Senator Patrick Leahy features prominently in every article on the Cuban Twitter "scandal." Our intrepid friends at Frontpage Magazine's Discover the Networks provide some fascinating background on the Senator: While serving as vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee in the mid-1980s, Patrick Leahy earned the nickname "Leahy the Leaker" because of […]

Does The Associated Press provide “full-disclosure” of it’s interviewees?

This afternoon the AP quickly cranked out a follow-up to it's blockbuster Cuba-Twitter story. In this one they seek reactions to the "scandal" from "random" Cuban-Americans, on whom they dutifully provide some background. Here's two of them: "What's the story? That the United States supports people's ability to access open media? ... We're talking about […]

WaPo calls Cuba “dumb” for not booting USAID after discovering Twitter/ZunZuneo scheme

Ana Belen Montes awarded certificate of distinction from CIA Director George Tenet 1997. Regarding the USAID Cuba-Twitter fiasco, one of the Washington Posts Cuba "experts"(not the one married to the daughter of Cuba's top KGB protege, another one named Adam Taylor) writes: Actions like this (the USAID Twitter fiasco) make Russia look smart for expelling […]

Russia’s Secret Police chief visits Cuba’s Secret Police Chief (for a refresher course? 2nd Honeymoon?)

Alexander I. Bastrykin was born in 1953 and earned his professional spurs after the KGB was dissolved. He now heads the "Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation" (also known as Russia's FBI.) The KGB's fine tradition, however, was kept very much alive in Cuba by many--including Manuel "Barbarroja" Piniero, the father of the wife of […]

“Hey? Where all the Cubans at?” (asks the New York Times while visiting Venezuela)

“Everyone knows that the Cubans control (Venezuela’s) military intelligence and police intelligence. They control the coordination of the armed forces. Such convictions are held by critics in both countries (Venezuela and Cuba) although they offer little hard evidence to back their suspicions.” (Victoria Burnett and William Neuman, the New York Times, March, 2014.) “This is […]