Granted, Obama administration spokespersons and the mainstream media (but I repeat myself) describe this week’s event differently than does this column title. Something about a “Cuban embassy” formally “opening?” in “Washington, D.C. today?” If I read these things correctly?
Nonetheless, the people actually in-the-know about these matters are cutting to the quick. Let’s hear from them:
"All Cuban personnel now working in the [U.S] Interests Section [in Havana] work for Cuban State Security,” said high-ranking Cuban intelligence defector Pedro Riera Escalante. “All housing for [U.S.] officials may have microphones and other devices installed.”
"Virtually every member of Cuba's U.N. mission is an intelligence agent," said Alcibiades Hidalgo, who defected to the U.S. in 2002 after serving as Raul Castro's Chief of Staff and himself as Cuba's ambassador to the U.N.
So you can just imagine what’s going on in Cuban Intelligence’s plush new Washington, D.C. station. Speaking of which:
“It [the embassy opening] is going to be a celebration on our part,” said Gustavo Machin, deputy director for U.S. affairs at Cuba’s Foreign Ministry. “Many Americans who have supported the Cuban Revolution will be among the 500 celebrants at the new Embassy.”
Gustavo Machin, by the way, is a KGB-trained Cuban spy who was burnt and booted from the U.S. back in 2003 shortly before the invasion of Iraq. He was among 14 other Cuban spies suspected of trafficking U.S. military secrets (more on this shortly.)
The currently elated and exuberant Machin was an accomplice of Castro’s master-spy Ana Belen Montes, who serves a 25-year prison sentence after being convicted in 2002 for the deepest and most damaging penetration of the U.S. Defense Department in modern history. Machin was neck deep in the same spying as his accomplice Montes, but enjoyed “diplomatic immunity,” which saved him from prison or the electric chair.
Now Machin probably be visiting Washington, D.C. often “on business.” In fact it was Machin who conducted the recent “negotiations” with President Barack Obama’s team of crackerjack “negotiators” which led to this “diplomatic breakthrough” with Cuba. So who can blame him for celebrating?
“From Machin’s perspective, it would certainly be a Cuban spy-handler’s dream,” says retired Lt. Col. Chris Simmons, who helped nab both Montes and Machin along with 14 other Cuban spies and is widely hailed as America’s top Cuba spycatcher. “Hundreds of media, politicians, academics and Castro apologists all in one place at the same time. The [Cuba’s Directorio de Intelligencia] staff embedded within the Interests Section/Embassy will certainly be working overtime – I expect they also brought in temporary help within the 30-member delegation of diplomatic, cultural and other leaders” that arrived for the Embassy opening.”
In brief: They don’t come much more knowledgeable about Cuban spying than Simmons.
“But what’s the big deal?” some snort. “I mean, come on! Cuba’s a tiny impoverished island! So you think they’re planning to invade us or something? I mean, get real!”
Here’s a common reaction among people pathetically ignorant of Castroism (which is to say, most people.) Indeed, on his Fox Business show John Stossell “rebutted” me in almost those exact words.
Of course Cuba doesn’t plan “to invade the U.S.,” for crying out loud. Or probably even to mount terrorist attacks ... directly that is.
The aforementioned Cuban spy Ana Belen Montes, for instance, was arrested on Sept. 21, 2001. That’s exactly 10 days after Al Qaeda demolished the Twin Towers. By then she had been uncovered for a while but, as is customary in such cases, was being monitored to see if her activities would reveal others within her spy network. That monitoring was scheduled to continue for much longer, but her access to U.S. intelligence secrets unrelated to Cuba (the Middle East for instance) demanded she be shut down — and quickly.
Interestingly, just days after the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attack, Castro’s KGB-founded and mentored intelligence mounted a major deception operation attempting to trip-up our investigation into the terrorist culprits, not that 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.”
"Cuba is intelligence trafficker to the world," stresses Chris Simmons. "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.”
"We are going to have diplomatic relations with the United States without having ceded one iota," guffawed yet another convicted Cuban spy this week.
This KGB-trained Cuban spy is also safely and comfortably back in Havana. But Gerardo Hernandez (this Cuban spy’s name) didn’t enjoy diplomatic immunity. Instead, back in 2001 he was convicted by a U.S. jury of espionage along with conspiracy to murder three U.S. citizens and sentenced to two life terms.
But Hernandez’ KGB-trained colleague Gustavo Machin made Hernandez’ unconditional release (along with that of three of his convicted Cuban spy-colleagues) part of the price Obama had to pay for the privilege of letting Cuba set up an elaborate spy center in Washington, D.C. this week.
No, amigos, the producers and writers of "The Pink Panther" and "Austin Powers" brainstorming together could not possibly make this stuff up.
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