Forty five years after Che Guevara’s death a senior former Soviet/Russian intelligence officer paid tribute to the legendary revolutionary, disclosing some details of his life and death in an exclusive interview with RIA Novosti.
Lt. Gen. Nikolai Leonov (Ret.), of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR), a successor to the KGB, who first met Che long before the victory of the Cuban revolution, described him as an “overwhelming figure” who belongs to all generations.
“He was the embodiment of the mythical and literary types that have always struck a chord with the people,” said Leonov, who retired as head of the KGB analytical directorate in August 1991.
“In such cases I think of Christ the Savior and Don Quixote.”
( KGB agent) Leonov said he was the first Russian to meet Che, in 1956 in Mexico.
“Don’t worry. We’ve infiltrated Castro’s guerrilla group in the Sierra Mountains. The Castro brothers and Ernesto “Che” Guevara have no affiliations with any Communists whatsoever.” (Crackerjack Havana CIA station chief Jim Noel Nov. 1958,)
“Me and my staff were all Fidelistas,” (Robert Reynolds the CIA’s crackerjack Caribbean desk’s “expert” 1957-60)
By that time dozens of Cubans had delivered stacks of intelligence reports to the U.S. State Dept. exposing the Communist string pullers behind the Julio 26 movement. Needless to add, these crude and insufferable “Batistianos” with their “Batistiano propaganda” were barely tolerated by the (mostly Ivy League taught) “Experts” who mostly staffed U.S. diplomatic and intelligence circles of the time. These U.S. “experts,” after all, were kept abundantly and “expertly” informed on Cuban matters by the Julio 26’s agents in the U.S., who were much more congenial to their own social and educational strata.
“Vamos Bien! CIA !!!”