On right: The Washington Post’s Nick Miroff. On Left: Miroff’s future father-in-law Manuel ‘Barbarroja” Piniero, with friend, collegue and fellow KGB-protege Che Guevara.)
Important Note on items the Washington Post zealously hides: The Washington Post’s Latin American correspondent Nick Miroff who authored a recent WaPo story on Cuba’s Isle of Pines is married to an academic apparatchik of the Castro regime named Camila Piniera Harnacker. She is the daughter of the founder of the Castro regime’s Military Intelligence service. This notorious KGB-protege, Che Guevara-chum and Stalinist torturer was named Manuel “Barbarroja” Piniero. Like so many others in such sensitive positions within Stalinist regimes (indeed, like Che Guevara himself!) Piniero’s usefulness to his employers finally expired. In 1998 “Barbaroja” was offed in a “car accident in Cuba.”
In contrast his son-in-law’s usefulness as a propaganda operative for the Stalinist Castro regime continues.
Nick Miroff just ran a big story on Cuba’s Isle of Pines. This islet off the southwestern coast of Cuba hosted Cuba’s infamous Presidio Modelo prison, which held almost 16,000 political prisoners during the early 60’s. Some of these prisoners qualify as the longest suffering political prisoners in modern history. Given “Barbarroja’s” position at the time, we have to assume that many of these prisoners were interrogated, tortured and sent there under orders of Nick Miroff’s future father-in-law.
Many of these were black Cubans who suffered longer and much more horribly in Castro’s prisons than Nelson Mandela suffered in South Africa’s (relatively) comfy ones. < Naturally you’ve never heard of any of these long-suffering and heroic black Cubans in the U.S. media. Their heroism doesn’t fit the U.S. media’s narrative on the Cuban Revolution, you see.
You’d never know any of this prison history from Miroff’s “in-depth” story….Oh don’t get me wrong. Miroff does mention the Presidio Modelo prison once situated on the Isle of Pines for political prisoners “was once Cuba’s most notorious penitentiary.” He even mentions a couple of the famous political prisoners.
The famous prisoners were Fidel and Raul Castro, you see. And the prison’s “notoriety,” according to Miroff, owed to the administrations of Machado and Batista.
“He (Fidel Castro) shut down Presidio Modelo in 1966.”
That’s it. That’s Miroff’s only mention of any link between the Castro regime and the Presidio Modelo prison/torture/forced-labor complex. “Castro shut it down”–apparently revolted by its inhumanity, Miroff implies.
Never mind that during the Machado and Batista eras the prisoners contained in the Presidio Modelo constituted a miniscule fraction of the numbers later jailed and tortured in this notorious prison-torture-forced-labor complex by the man who would have been Nick Miroff’s future father-in-law.
Never mind that in 1961 Castro (probably after consulting with Nick Miroff’s future father-in-law) ordered tons of explosives placed under the prison and prepared to blow up the 10,000 political prisoners if the Bay of Pigs invasion showed any sign of succeeding. You’d think this positively Hitlerite (and fully-documented) datum would add some drama to the story, right?
Many of the prisoners sitting atop that massive powder-keg and slated for purely wanton mass-murdering (probably on the orders of Nick Mirroff’s future father-in-law) qualify as the longest suffering political prisoners alive today and could have been easily contacted in the Miami and New Jersey areas for interviews. Right?
Not when you’re essentially a press auxiliary of the Castro regime, like Nick Miroff.