I knew I smelled a rat…
More evidence is turning up that the infamous letter from the 74 dissidents was a product of anti-embargo proponents here in the US and not the dissidents on the island.
Via Penultimos Dias, via Emilio Ichikawa, via Ninoska Perez-Castellon’s radio show yesterday, “Ninoska a las 3,” broadcast on Miami’s Radio Mambi, we learn that Cuban American businessman Carlos Saladrigas, co-chair of the pro-dialogue/anti-embargo Cuba Study Group, played a pivotal and leading role in convincing some of the dissidents to sign this letter. Martha Beatriz Roque, who was interviewed by Ninoska yesterday, stated that Dagoberto Valdes showed up at her house with the letter in hand for her to sign it. Martha refused, but not before Valdes explained to her that it was he who Carlos Saladrigas contacted and asked him to edit the missive, providing him with some points to consider.
Here is Emilio Ichikawa’s summary of one of the interesting revelations during the interview (In Spanish and translated into English [thanks to Claudia Fanelli for the help]):
Martha Beatriz Roque Cabello fue entrevistada en el día de ayer (junio 10 de 2010) por la periodista Ninoska Pérez Castellón en su programa “Ninoska a las 3”, que se transmite por la emisora de Miami “Radio Mambí”. La economista y opositora cubana relató que Dagoberto Valdés se había presentado en su casa con la carta en cuestión, contándole que la había redactado él mismo a petición del empresario cubanoamericano Carlos Saladrigas, quien le indicó los dos puntos a considerar. Roque Cabello afirmó a Pérez Castellón que no firmó la carta, y que tampoco la leyó. Agregando que recientemente había asistido a una reunión junto a Dagoberto Valdés, donde le había dicho que haría público estos hechos, y él estuvo de acuerdo.
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Martha Beatriz Roque Cabello was interviewed yesterday (June 10, 2010) by journalist Ninoska Perez Castellon on her program “Ninoska at 3,” broadcast on the Miami radio station, “Radio Mambi.” The Cuban economist and opponent of the regime related that Dagoberto Valdes had introduced himself in her house with the letter in question, telling her that he had edited it himself at the request of the Cuban American businessman Carlos Saladrigas, who indicated two points to consider. Roque Cabello stated to Perez Castellon that she did not sign the letter, and neither did she read it. She added that recently, she had assisted a meeting along with Dagoberto Valdes, where she told him that she intended to make public his actions, and he was in agreement. [emphasis mine]
I have some calls in to get more information regarding this interview and as soon as I have more details, I will post them.