Cuban Double Agent Fears for His Life after Revealing His True Identity
Luis Enrique Cepero García was an opponent of the Cuban regime serving a sentence in the Combinado del Este prison when he decided to infect himself with a disease rather than continue being subjected to mistreatment in prison.
Given his state of health, Luis Enrique was transferred and imprisoned at the Pedro Kouri Institute of Tropical Medicine (IPK) in Havana where, on orders from a doctor, his life ended abruptly one day in 1995.
“I remember that before he died in the IPK, my brother Luis Enrique told me that a doctor told another doctor he would not be there the next day. My brother began to have some tremors. Then in the afternoon a nurse came into the room and began putting cotton in his nose, mouth and anus. My brother died and I was left with that image in my head.
“Then I did something I should never have done. To take revenge I joined the Committees for the Defense of the Revolution (CDR) and pretended to be a revolutionary in order to get inside State Security and take my revenge for the death of my brother,” says William Cepero García, who today is a former spy living on Santa Maria del Rosario Road, kilometer 4.5, Cubicle #106, Cambúte, San Miguel del Padrón, a district located in the east of the Cuban capital.
When Luis Enrique died, William was living in Old Havana, buying and selling antiques. He started pretending to be a revolutionary. He says that, with his money and growing popularity, it was not difficult to attract the attention of the Cuban secret services.
“I started at the CDR… Well, you know how that works. In 2005 I was approached by officers from DTI (Technical Investigations Department) who wanted to recruit me. But I told them that, if I was going to do something for the Revolution, it had to be something big. It was then that I met an officer by the name of Yosbani, a young man from a Domestic Counterintelligence unit in Old Havana. He was the one who recruited me.”
I met the spy
“It’s all a surprise to me,” says Luz María Piloto Romero, a Cuban dissident who now lives in exile in Miami. “I met William Cepero García because he was living in Old Havana around the corner from my house. His brother, the one who died from HIV, was a good friend of mine. I always saw William at non-violent opposition events in support of human rights.”
Cepero García says that, after several exams and countless meetings at the Municipal Identity Card Directorate’s offices, he was instructed to collect information on people in the area who sympathized with opponents of the government.
“At first I was very frightened,” he admits. “I realized that the people I knew were innocent but, after a few months working as a spy, I determined that the information I was giving to my official contacts had already been given to them by other agents I did not know.”
Cepero García remembers being sent in 2005 to Cambute in San Miguel del Padrón, where there as an active opposition movement. He says that there he was part of a group under the direction of the local Domestic Counterintelligence office. He began trying to penetrate the Cuban Human Rights Foundation, an opposition organization then headed by Juan Antonio Bermúdez Toranza.
“I very cautiously tried to warn Juan. I didn’t know whether or not he was also a State Security agent and did not want to get burned. Everything here has been infiltrated,” he says.
But Bermúdez Toranza, who currently lives in exile in Spain, says, “William came out from the shadows. It was Juan Carlos who introduced him to me.”
He is referring to Juan Carlos González Leiva, a blind attorney, activist and founder of the Independent Blind Fraternity of Cuba and the Cuban Human Rights Foundation.
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