Secret: For your eyes only

Killing Fidel Castro proved impossible for the CIA. Reconstructing the agency’s role in a range of bizarre assassination plots was nearly as difficult. American intelligence officials weren’t convinced that killing Castro would cause Cuba’s socialist government to collapse, but said the Kennedy administration was intent on assassination, a declassified CIA document says. The document states: … Read more

Espionage: The Myers case 10 years later

Convicted of spying for Cuba, Gwendolyn Myers soon adapted to life behind bars, telling a friend, “Did you know you can floss your teeth with the elastic in underpants?” Her husband, Kendall Myers, also wound up in prison. He once held a TOP SECRET security clearance at the State Department and earned $131,996 per year. … Read more

Another mess: Reclaiming seized art

A New York lawyer is calling on museum curators in Cuba and elsewhere to begin looking for ways to compensate the owners of artwork seized during the early days of the Cuban revolution. Wendy Dickieson, of the firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP, wrote: Cuba cannot truly begin the process of normalization with these stolen treasures still … Read more

Cuban blood match far from over

Sixty years ago this month, Gustavo Villoldo Argilagos died of what his supporters called “politically induced suicide.” The family blamed Fidel Castro and his band of revolutionaries for Villoldo’s death. They later filed a wrongful death lawsuit and a Florida court awarded an eye-popping $2.79 billion in damages in 2011. Since then, Villoldo’s sons, Gustavo, … Read more

Cuban spycraft began well before Cold War

A common myth is that Cuba’s penchant for counterintelligence began with Fidel Castro in the Sierra Maestra, according to a scholar at the Enrique José Varona Pedagogical University in Havana. Counterintelligence began much earlier, with José Martí, according to Manuel Río Rojas, a specialist at the university’s Criminal Investigation and Operations Directorate. He writes: In … Read more