Expelled Castro spy most likely to lead talks with U.S. in Cuba

How appropriate…

Via Cuba Confidential:

Expelled Spy Likely To Led Migration, Normalization Talks With US
Directorate of Intelligence (DI) officer Josefina Vidal, thrown out of the US in May 2003 for espionage.

The next round of US-Cuban discussions will be held on January 21 and 22 in Havana. Deputy Assistant Secretary Alex Lee is expected to lead the U.S. delegation at the migration talks on the 21st, while Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Roberta Jacobson will lead at the normalization talks on Jan. 22nd.

The Cuban delegation is expected to be led by Josefina Vidal, director of the North American Affairs Division within Cuba’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Vidal led the previous round of migration talks last July in Washington, D.C. A member of the Communist Party of Cuba’s Central Committee, Vidal was thrown out of the US in May 2003 as part of a mass expulsion of Havana’s spy-diplomats. For five years, her office also played a central role in the negotiations regarding the return of USAID contractor Alan Gross.

2 thoughts on “Expelled Castro spy most likely to lead talks with U.S. in Cuba”

  1. Alas, what we’ve got on our end, namely Kerry, is hardly better. He can groom himself to within an inch of his life, but as with Jane Fonda, the old stench will never go away. Let’s not even consider that painfully embarrassing Psaki person; I prefer to think of her, like Jay Carney, as a kind of running gag. Besides, by definition, any high-level functionary of Castro, Inc. is seriously compromised goods, which is an absolute necessity for rising in that system, so it makes no real difference who handles the business. At least this Vidal woman is clear enough as to what she’s about, meaning she’s not running around carrying a title like “His Holiness.” It is truly sad that a matter like this will be carried out by people who are either Castro operatives and thus frankly evil or non-Cubans driven by the wrong motives and atrocious “logic,” to whom Cuba is an alien object like an experimental animal. In the unlikely event that anyone has failed to notice, the implicit insult to Cubans who want the best for their own country is absolutely monumental.

    But let’s be realistic: short of Cubans themselves becoming their own solution, this sort of arrangement, “chanchullo” or “contubernio” is about all we can expect from the outside world–and I mean the “good” world, not Russia, China or the despicable Latrines. It is what it is, and we’d better stop expecting otherwise.

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