From our Bureau of Totally Expected Revelations with assistance from our Bureau of Bad Trees and Bad Fruit
Wow! What a surprise! NOT! Of course, these are only unconfirmed allegations…. but… as the Good Book says:
“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thorn bushes or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. Therefore by their fruits you will know them.” — Matthew 17:15-20
Loosely translated from CiberCuba
The recent mention in an article by CiberCuba to the alleged collaboration of the late Cardinal Jaime Ortega y Alamino (1936-2019) with the intelligence organs of the Ministry of the Interior (MININT), deserves a separate clarification, taking into account certain considerations that emerged after the controversial reference to an emblematic figure of the Cuban Catholic Church.
In fact, the statement appears as a piece of information at the end of the article dedicated to the release of the book “No one told me about it,” by the professor and former Cuban intelligence agent Edgerton Ivor Levy, recently published by the Lunetra publishing house in the United States. But although the origin of this information is a testimony in the past and unrelated to the subject that motivates the book, it appears attributed to an official of the Intelligence Directorate (DI) of the MININT and a key piece within the so-called Wasp Network of Cuban espionage, which constitutes an element that can be attended from the news point of view, impossible to ignore when reviewing the volume.
The reference to Cardinal Ortega is in a section dedicated to Hugo Soto, alias “Horacio” and “Ricardo Villarreal”, who was designated by the DI as the illegal officer to attend to Levy and his wife, Ivette Bermello, agents Ariel and Laura for Cuban intelligence. Soto was linked to the plan coordinated from Havana to shoot down the Brothers to the Rescue planes in 1996.
According to the author of the book, in one of the talks held in Miami, Soto assured him that Cardinal Ortega had been recruited as a MININT informant when he was in one of the forced labor camps of the so-called Military Production Support Units. (UMAP), between 1966 and 1967.
The revelation is part of other data leaked by Soto to Levy by virtue of the friendship they had maintained since the student years in Cuba, but which constituted one of the operational strategy failures that the Wasp Network evidenced until its dismantling in September 1998.
Other verifiable information regarding these alleged “confessions”, such as those reported in the book about the stage prior to the demolition of the planes by Migs of the Cuban air force, may indicate that Soto was not lying about Ortega’s involvement in acts of collaboration at that stage, when he was just a newly ordained priest after studying theology in Canada.
As narrated in the pages of the book, “Ortega’s good performance in terms of the interests of the repressive apparatus during the years he served in the UMAP, gave him the endorsement and enough credits to be considered a trustworthy person. It has been valid since then – according to Hugo Soto affirmed – to receive the support of the Cuban government in its meteoric rise to the highest positions of the Cuban Catholic nunciature. “
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