This very week General James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence, testified that Castro’s spies remain a serious security threat to the U.S.:
“T_he threat from foreign intelligence entities…is persistent, complex, and evolving. Targeting and collection of US political, military, economic, and technical information by foreign intelligence services continues unabated. Russia and China pose the greatest threat, followed by Iran and Cuba…” (_General James Clapper, Washington D.C. Feb 9, 2016.)
But two weeks ago (Jan. 26-29th) when the U.S. military’s Southern Command held its annual “Caribbean regional security conference,” senior members of Castro’s KGB-trained spy agency were kindly invited to participate.
“Aw come on, Humberto,” you say! “All nations embed spies in their diplomatic corps, for crying out loud. Let’s give Obama’s people a break on this one. How are they supposed to know which Cubans are the spies? It’s a jungle out there, amigo!”
Good point. Very true. In fact, U.S. intelligence services, regardless of the president they served, do not have an exactly stellar record with regards to Castro. To wit:
“We’ve infiltrated Castro’s guerrilla group in the Sierra Mountains. The Castro brothers and Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara have no affiliations with any Communists whatsoever.” (In Nov. 1958 Havana CIA station Chief Jim Noel, was reacting to warnings from “tacky right-wing Mc Carthyite!” Cubans.)
“Nothing but refugee rumors. Nothing in Cuba presents a threat to the United States. There’s no likelihood that the Soviets or Cubans would try and install an offensive capability (nuclear missile) in Cuba.” (JFK’s National Security Advisor Mc George Bundy on ABC’s Issues and Answers, October 14, 1962. The sneering former Harvard Dean was reacting to warnings from “tacky right-wing McCarthyite!” Cuban-exiles.)
In fact, in 1987 Cuban Intelligence Officer Florentino Aspillaga defected in Prague and revealed that every single Cuban agent (4 dozen of them) the CIA had recruited to spy on the Castro regime since 1962 was in fact a double-agent controlled personally by Fidel Castro.
While not renowned for its sense of humor, the Castro regime had fun with this one. In the Havana museum known as “ Hall of Glory to Cuba’s Security Services” sits a Rolex pulsar watch personally dedicated by U.S. Sec. of State (of the time) Henry Kissinger to CIA “Agent Zafiro.” With his dedication the U.S. Sec. of State, (Harvard A.B., summa cum laude 1950, M.A. 1952, PhD 1954) was thanking KGB-trained Cuban Nicolas Sirgado (“Agent Zafiro”) for his ten years of loyal and invaluable services to the U.S.
OK, stop laughing and let’s get back to the subject at hand: The recent Obama intelligence flap is different. You see, the Castro regime apparatchik invited to participate in last week’s security conference was sniffed out by the FBI and Defense Intelligence Agency as a communist spy back in 2002—and booted from the U.S. amidst considerable media fanfare. Some background:
In 2002, KGB-trained Cuban spy Gustavo Machin worked in the “Cuban Interest Section” (embassy) in Washington D.C. He was expelled from the U.S. in relation to the most damaging penetration of the U.S. Department of Defense in recent history. The Cuban spy convicted of the penetration and damage is named Ana Belen Montes, known as “Castro’s Queen Jewel” in the intelligence community. She was convicted of the same crimes as Ethel and Julius Rosenberg and today she serves a 25-year sentence in Federal prison.
The FBI and Defense Intelligence Agency believed Gustavo Machin to be her accomplice in stealing U.S. military secrets for sale to the highest bidders among America’s enemies worldwide. As your humble and hard-working servant here tried (vainly!) to explain on Fox News, a few months ago, the Castro-Family-Crime-and-Terror-Sponsoring-Syndicate (euphemized as Cuba by the media) serves as “intelligence trafficker to the world.”
Alas. Rodney Dangerfield would have gotten more respect than I did.
Interestingly (and mostly ignored by the major media, as usual) just days after the 9-11 terror attack, Castro’s intelligence mounted a major deception operation attempting to trip-up our investigation into the terrorist culprits. Most of you ever heard about it from the mainstream media. So here:
“In the six months after the 9⁄11 attacks,” ran the Miami Herald investigative report, “up to 20 Cubans walked into U.S. embassies around the world and offered information on terrorism threats. Eventually, all were deemed to be Cuban intelligence agents and collaborators, purveying fabricated information. Two Cuba experts said spies sent by Cuba to the United States were part of a permanent intelligence program to mislead, misinform and identify U.S. spies” (emphasis added).
“Cuba is intelligence trafficker to the world,” stresses Lieut. Col. Chris Simmons, recently retired from the Defense Intelligence Agency. “Among many others, the U.S. military secrets stolen by Castro’s spies have been sold to former regimes in Iraq, Panama and Grenada, alerting these dictatorships to U.S. military plans against them and costing untold American lives.”
The only thing that saved “Castro’s Queen Jewel” Ana Belen Montes from frying in the electric chair like the Rosenbergs was a plea bargain. The only thing that saved her accomplice Gustavo Machin from the same frying was his “diplomatic immunity.” Furthermore:
In 2001 members of a Castro spy ring known as the “Wasp Network,” were convicted in U.S. federal court. Some were sentenced to as much as two life sentences for conspiracy to commit murder. The FBI affidavit against them included:
*Gathering intelligence against the headquarters of the U.S. Southern Command in Homestead, Fla.
* Compiling the names, home addresses and medical files of the U.S. Southern Command’s top officers.
And it was the U.S. military’s Southern Command that just ( Jan. 26-29th) held the “Caribbean regional security conference” to which KGB-trained senior Cuban spy Gustavo Machin was kindly invited to participate as leader of a delegation of numerous other KGB-trained Cuban spies.
You can’t possibly make this sh*t up!