The Cuban dictatorship’s addiction to spying

Among its multitude and myriad of faults, Cuba’s socialist dictatorship suffers from an uncontrollable addiction: Espionage.

Pedro Corzo explains in El Nuevo Herald (my translation):

Cuba, a regime addicted to espionage

Those who out of complicity or naiveté deny the Castro dictatorship is willing and able to spy will be surprised to learn of the espionage network in the service of the insular dictatorship recently uncovered in Spain.

This is nothing new. Without having to go too far back in the past, in 2016, in Spain, another Cuban was found passing intelligence reports to Cuban officials from the island posted at the consulate in Barcelona, confirming that Cuban diplomats are also involved in espionage.

The government in Havana spies on everything and everyone. It doesn’t matter if their friends, enemies, or simply fellow travelers. Their spies in Venezuela and Nicaragua keep their bosses on the island well informed about the most insignificant things, including the private lives of officials at the highest levels. For Castroites, extortion and blackmail is a tool they use to control anyone of interest, according to author Jose Antonio Albertini.

The reality is that in Cuba, it’s irrelevant if the Castros are in charge. The essence of this regime, the DNA of this dictatorship, if there is such a thing, is its belief that constant and aggressive meddling in the affairs of others is fundamental to its survival. They are certain that at a minimum, dealing the first blow assures their survival.

There are several reasons why the Cuban government carries out espionage operations. Among them is to find the weaknesses of friends and enemies that allow them to operate within their democratic societies, to stay informed on the activities of exiles, and of course, to trade the information they gather to further the goal of destroying all those they don’t consider unconditional friends.

In fact, Nicaraguan and Venezuelan exiles, as well as Bolivian exiles, are objects of interest for Castro intelligence agents just as much as Cuban exiles. The insular regime is always looking for ways to learn everything about these exiles and if convenient, provoke an incident that in some manner will benefit them. At this moment in time, Spain is particularly important to Nicolas Maduro. As a consequence, there is little doubt Cuban spies are working in his favor, although they’re not doing it for free.

Continue reading (in Spanish) HERE.