The WASP Network: Movie glitz and glamour versus the harsh reality
In defense of truth and memory.
The Cuban intelligence service should not be either romanticized or underestimated. It appears that the new film by Olivier Assayas errs on both counts.
This is not surprising because apologists tend to avoid open and transparent debates due to the weakness of their position, and the Castro regime and its agents of influence have conducted an effective disinformation campaign to smear the victims and white wash the Cuban spy network, better known as the Wasp Network (Red Avispa).
The Wasp Network engaged in espionage: targeting U.S. military facilities, planned to smuggle arms and explosives into the United States, provided information that led to the extrajudicial killings of four Americans, infiltrated two non-violent exile groups, and carried out numerous other activities to sow division and shape public opinion.
This campaign to spin an act of state terrorism reached the highest levels of the U.S. government. Defense Intelligence Agency analyst Ana Belen Montes facilitated a meeting between U.S. government officials and retired U.S. Navy admiral Eugene Carroll on February 23, 1996 to relay recent threats by the regime that provided Admiral Carroll a lot of television interview time on February 25 to place the Cuban government in a more favorable light and place the blame for the shoot down on the victims. U.S. counterintelligence officer Scott W. Carmichael in his book True Believer describes how they thought this was an “influence operation” – a covert attempt to influence public opinion. Her behavior raised questions that led to Montes eventually being uncovered as a high ranking Cuban mole in the heart of the Pentagon in 2001
They have sought to portray these agents as unsophisticated and not a threat. They were just trying to stop violent exiles from carrying out terrorist acts. However the two groups they targeted and infiltrated: Movimiento Democracia and Brothers to the Rescue were (and are) nonviolent. Secondly, the reality is that the Cuban intelligence service is incredibly sophisticated, ruthless and punches above its weight.
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