For years I’ve heard apologists for the Cuban regime marvel at the fact that Fidel Castro leads a life almost as austere as that of his subjects. According to those who believe the Cuban people aren’t worthy of the right to self determination, Castro has never involved himself in arms or drug trafficking, never illicitly enriched himself or fallen victim to narcissism and self idolatry. To those who continue to support the dictatorship, Fidel Castro truly is a “man of the people” who “practices what he preaches.”
Hmmm, I wonder if any of them have ever spoken to former Cuban Lieutenant-Colonel Juan Reinaldo Sánchez? Although they’ll most likely never get the chance, below you’ll find the next best thing – Parts 1 through 20 of Sánchez’s recent interview segments with journalist Oscar Haza. Want to know the skinny on Castro’s infamous Punto Cero compound in Jaimanitas, just outside Havana? Sánchez has got it. Interior plan of the main residence? Ditto. Castro’s intriguing health history dating back to the 1980s? Yup, he’s got that too. Arms trafficking with certain Central-American nations and drug lords? Indeed. A rooftop cattle farm in El Vedado? I kid you not, he’ll explain the details.
I advise you to watch the segments BEFORE heading out to lunch, lest you lose it.