Council on Foreign Relations Caught Lying about Cuba-North Korea Arms Smuggling

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERABack in July a North Korean ship trying to sneak military contraband through the Panama Canal after leaving Havana was stopped by Panamanian authorities on a tip it was carrying illegal drugs.

Instead the ship, named the Chon-Chon Gang, was found to be crammed with missiles, MIGS  and mucho military contraband from terror-sponsoring Cuba en route to North Korea. Nuke-rattling North Korea, by the way, has been under a UN arms embargo since 2006.

At first, Cuban terror-sponsoring dictator Raul Castro tried threatening the Panamanian authorities behind the scenes to keep the issue mum, or at least parrot their version of the scam. But Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli scoffed at the blatant blackmail and made the truth known.

The Council on Foreign Relations, on the other hand, parroted the Castroite version of events almost instantly and almost word for word. Here’s Castro’s version of events:

“The 508-foot Chong Chon Gang carried 240 tons of obsolete defensive weapons  were to have been repaired in North Korea and returned to Cuba as part of a commercial deal.” (July 17, 2013)

Now here’s the Council on Foreign Relations Latin American “expert” Julia Sweig’s version of events:

“It’s not about Havana trying to circumvent an arms embargo. It’s about: how about we refurbish our old weapons” (Julia Sweig (7/28/2013.)

Admittedly, the issue was in doubt at the time. No investigation had been conducted. So who knew the truth?

Fine. So why did an outfit like the Council on Foreign Relations, which bills itself as: “an independent, nonpartisan membership organization, think tank,” not wait for an independent non-partisan investigation to determine the truth?  Why did the Council on Foreign Relations instantly start parroting the version of this issue as concocted by the propaganda ministry of a regime modeled on Stalin’s?

A United Nations panel recently completed its investigation into the Chon-Chon Gang issue, among its findings:  “The incident involving the Chong Chon Gang revealed a comprehensive, planned strategy to conceal the existence and nature of the cargo.” The weapons, needless to add, were not “obsolete” or meant to be “refurbished.”

When the CFR’s Julia Sweig visited Cuba in 2010, accompanied by The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg, something caught Goldberg’s eye:

“We shook hands,” Goldberg writes about the meeting with Fidel Castro. “Then he [Castro] greeted Julia warmly. They [Castro and Sweig] have known each other for more than twenty years.”

Julia Sweig’s promotional services for the Castro regime reached a level where the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency top Cuba spycatcher, Chris Simmons (now retired), named her a Cuban “Agent of Influence.”  Some background:

In 25 years as a U.S. Military Counterintelligence officer, Lieut. Col. Simmons helped end the operations of 80 enemy agents, some are today behind bars. One of these had managed the deepest penetration of the U.S. Department of Defense in U.S. history. The spy’s name is Ana Montes, known as “Castro’s Queen Jewel” in the intelligence community. “Montes passed some of our most sensitive information about Cuba back to Havana,” revealed then-Undersecretary for International Security John Bolton.

Today she serves a 25-year sentence in federal prison. She was convicted of “Conspiracy to Commit Espionage,” the same charge against Ethel and Julius Rosenberg carrying the same potential death sentence, for what is widely considered the most damaging espionage case since the “end” of the Cold War. Two years later, in 2003, Chris Simmons helped root out 14 Cuban spies who were promptly booted from the U.S.

In brief, retired Lieut. Col. Chris Simmons knows what he’s talking about.

The Council on Foreign Relations’ Julia Sweig holds preeminence in one field. No “scholar” in modern American history thanks the “warm friendship” and “support” of six different communist spies and terrorists in the acknowledgments of their book, three of whom were expelled from the U.S. for terrorism and/or espionage, two for a bombing plot whose death toll would have dwarfed 9/11. Some background:

On Nov. 17, 1962, the FBI cracked a plot by Cuban agents that targeted Macy’s, Gimbel’s, Bloomingdale’s and Manhattan’s Grand Central Terminal with a dozen incendiary devices and 500 kilos of TNT. The massive attack was set for the following week, the day after Thanksgiving. Macy’s get’s 50,000 shoppers that one day. Had those detonators gone off, 9/11’s death toll would have almost certainly taken second.

Here are pictures of some of the Cuban terrorists upon arrest. Note the names: Elsa Montero and Jose Gomez Abad.

Now here’s an excerpt from the acknowledgements in Julia Sweig’s book Inside the Cuban Revolution, written in collaboration with the Castro-regime:

“In Cuba many people spent long hours with me, helped open doors I could not have pushed through myself, and offered friendship and warmth to myself during research trips to the island…Elsa Montero and Jose Gomez Abad championed this project.”

In addition to these two KGB-trained terrorists, the CFR’s Julia Sweig thanks the “warm friendship and championship of” of Ramon Sanchez Parodi, Jose Antonio Arbesu, Fernando Miguel Garcia, Hugo Ernesto Yedra and Josefina Vidal for their “warmth, their friendship and their kindness in opening Cuban doors.”

All the above have been identified by Lieut. Col Chris Simmons as veteran officers in Castro’s KGB-trained intelligence services.

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  • A Z

    How can any former or current politician be a member of the CFR while Julia Sweig is employed there?

    CFR Members
    – Tom Brokaw (Dan Rather, D. Brinkley, Walter Cronkite > is Tom any different?)
    – Zoë Baird (NannyGate)
    – John P. Abizaid
    – Madeleine K. Albright (She gives good basketballs!)
    – Colin L. Powell (Spine of Marshmellow)

    • WakeUpPeople

      Well CFR Members are many more than A Z’s short list here and includes presidents and many members of their cabinets including both Bush presidents, Bill Clinton and many of their cabinet members and I am sure that Obama has his share as well. If you think the CFR is bad then check out the Financial Stability Board. Obama signed into law that this organization is over seeing many levels of our financial systems and they also have the authority to have a look at your health and educational records so what has that got to do with our financial systems? Obama passed in in 2009. People need to pay attention. They had somebody come forward and confessed that he was JFK killer and do you think that the story even made the news? Why? I tell you why! Because the media is run by who? They are run by the rich and powerful who tell them what they can and cannot cover. Don believe me then look it up and follow the money and power trail. Watch the youtube video of Four Generations of Bush’s that have all committed treason against the USA. Prescott Bush, George Sr and Jr. Dad and Granddad had factual ties to Nazi Germany. Don’t beliee me then watch a video called Dark Legacy one and two.

    • A Z

      WakeUpPeople > A Z • an hour ago

      “Well CFR Members are many more than A Z’s short list here and includes presidents and many members of their cabinets including both Bush presidents”

      I know about Prescott Bush.

      I have read the book “Trading with the Enemy”. The whole thing got its’ start before or shortly after WW1. It had nothing to do with NSDAP.

      I have heard about allegations/facts like these since 1981.

      Right now as of the 3rd week of April, a plane registered to a Utah bank was sitting on the tarmac at Tehran.

  • W.C. Taqiyya

    With Putin warming up his engines for another cold war style invasion of the Americas using Cuba as his central base of operations, it is high time America put an end to the Castro regime. The commies are already crawling out of the woodwork in South and Central America. Cuba is the key agitator and exporter. Time to liberate that island and be done with it and a prime opportunity to show some spine to the bully boy Putin.

  • danshanteal

    IF she’s on the payroll, the entire board should be fired. We got too many commies walking the streets.

  • theSindhiAbbasi

    So now Raul Castro is ‘Cuban terror sponsoring’ too – after Fidel Castro left the power

  • Horace Yo

    If the US had a leader with a working brain we could take advantage of the Russians takeover of Crimea by a tit for tat permanent US takeover of the whole of old Oriente Province (present day provinces Las Tunas, Granma, Holguin,Santiago de Cuba, & Guantanamo). Our basic need to continue using our Carribean warm water port would do for a reason. The presemce of US troops would give the resident Cubans the courage to vote in a quickly arranged referendum for Unity with the US – Puerto Rican Style. It would be only fair. The Castro dictatorship could protest at the UN till they were hoarse, Fidel might pop a blood vessel. Freedom from communism and the resulting prosperity would motivate the remaining Cubans to the north to boot the evil yoke of the Castros and their Gestapo-NKDV style minions. Especially if we had 100,000 US troops stationed at the new border of free cuba ready to move in if Castro mistreated any pro freedom people.

  • Consider

    I may imagine, the powerfull, inovative, Cuban defence (military) industry sending sophisticated military products to North Korea.