Well, the U.S. State Department and CIA’s officials on the ground in Cuba (obviously the most knowledgeable, right?) lined up a meeting between Kirkpatrick and some of the main bankrollers of Castro’s terrrorist group the Julio 26 Movement movement. Chief among these bankrollers were members of the wealthy Bacardi Corp.
So Kirkpatrick was hosted by a Bacardi executive’s very daughter Vilma Espin, who was a prominent member of Castro’s terrrorist group. This elegant and cultured Bryn Mawr and MIT attendee spoke flawless English and seemed to fit flawlessly into most CIA officers’ cultural and social set, (unlike many of Castro movement’s opponents: those often crude, un-lettered, even mulatto Batistianos with whom typically Ivy league-educated, Eastern Establishment CIA people found little in common.) In brief; these anti-Castro people were typical “DEPLORABLES!’
(One of the CIA’s most trusted sources in Cuba, the wealthy society debutante Vilma Espin, sandwiched between her husband Raul Castro and her bosom chum Che Guevara. Earlier she had assured a grateful and greatly relieved CIA that both of these gentlemen were fervent devotees of liberty and democracy.)
“Don’t worry, we’ve infiltrated Castro’s guerrilla group in the Sierra. The Castros and Che Guevara have NO AFFILIATIONS WITH ANY COMMUNISTS WHATSOEVER.” (CRACKERJACK(!!!) CIA Havana station chief, Jim Noel, Nov. 1958.)
(Top left: “Vamos BIEN, CIA!”)
Vilma Espin, (a communist and Raul Castro’s soon-to-be wife) assured the CIA’s elegant and ultra-educated Kirkpatrick that any mention of Fidel or Che Guevara or Raul as Communists was SIMPLY LAUGHABLE!– “all such accusations were crude Batistiano rumors!” No respectable and enlightened person could POSSIBLY take those insufferable Batistianos seriously! “
The Castro brothers and Che Guevara, the Bacardi family’s representative’ Vilma Espin assured the CIA, were as pure as the driven snow. And so the CIA’s crackerjack Lyman Kirkpatrick went home to further plot to oust Batista and to aid Castro.
In brief, the crackerjack CIA’s most valued and trusted source on pooh-poohing rumors of Communism in Castro’s movement (as recommended by the Bacardi clan) was Vilma Espin –Raul Castro’s (who’d enjoyed a KGB handler since 1953) fiance.!…..(Vamos Bien! CIA!)
On left: CIA Inspector General in 1957 Lyman Kirkpatrick. On right: Raul Castro and his KGB handler in 1957 Nikolai Leonov reminicing about the monkeys they made of the CIA.)
Everything above thoroughly documented here.
By April 1959, according to the late researcher Armando Lago, probably 1000 plus Cubans had been murdered by firing squad (Che in La Cabana, Raul in Oriente, etc.) That month “Pepin” Bosch of Bacardi traveled to the U.S on Castro’s good-will tour, helping sell Castro to the U.S. as everything Herbert Matthews had promised.
(On left: Reaction by the CIA officials who worked in Cuba during the late 1950’s to the fully-documented expose’ of their follies by the author on the right.)
“Humberto Fontova’s book teaches us truths about Cuba that are very discomfiting for many intellectuals.” (Ana Botella, Spain’s former First Lady while giving a book reading in Madrid upon the Spanish-language release of the BOMBSHELL book “Fidel; Hollywood’s Favorite Tyrant.”)
“I read Fontova’s book in two sittings. I couldn’t put it down!” (Conservative Radio superstar Mark Levin.)