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From: "Pedro Martori"
Subject: Cuba's Web of Deception: Miami Herald 9/24/02
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Date: Tue, 24 Sep 2002 23:11:07 -0400
NNTP-Posting-Date: Tue, 24 Sep 2002 23:10:19 EDT
Organization: Bell Sympatico
Asunto: Cuba's Web of Deception: Miami Herald 9/24/02
Fecha: Tuesday, September 24, 2002 7:17 PM
CUBA'S WEB OF DECEPTION
DISINFORMATION DIVERTS TERROR EFFORTS
That the Cuban regime would offer U.S. officials misleading
should surprise no one. The regime's protestations
widespread antics of Cuban intelligence are well known. So is
ill will and compulsion to jab at the United States.
The State Department has every reason to denounce the regime's
disinformation campaign. Last week, Deputy Assistant Secretary
Western Hemisphere Dan Fisk said that Cuban intelligence agents
feeding a steady stream of ``false leads seeking to misdirect the
The fake leads began to flow on the very day of the Sept. 11
have continued monthly. Tips from Cuban agents on at least three
have led U.S. authorities on ''wild goose chases intentionally
the Castro regime,'' Fisk said.
Such a campaign has diverted resources better spent on real
counter-terrorism efforts. ''This is not harmless game-playing;
it is a
dangerous and unjustifiable action that damages our ability to
threats,'' Fisk said.
Cuba's foreign minister emphatically denied the accusations as
lie.'' We think he protests too much -- perhaps because he is
regime's propensity to twist the truth.
U.S. authorities have seen Cuban agents peddle disinformation
particularly in false tips about Cuban exiles. And there's no
there are plenty of Cuban agents around to do the regime's
bidding. Five of
them were convicted on espionage charges in Miami last year.
jobs was to represent themselves as radically violent exiles --
and calls to the media and politicians -- and in doing so, make
Americans look bad.
Ana BelĂ©n Montes, a convicted Cuban mole, was a veteran Pentagon
intelligence analyst until arrested last year. She's cooperating
authorities now, but it's impossible to calculate how much
she spread in the 16 years she worked for Cuban intelligence.
The Cuban intelligence service is quite good at what it does. It
the best tradition of the former Soviet bloc and has had four
hone its techniques. Worldwide, its long-term efforts to paint
Cuba as a
socialist paradise still are paying off.
The false terrorism tips may have been intended to divert the
from any leads that could tie Cuba's regime to terrorism. The
such ties isn't a stretch given the regime's decades of training
harboring international terrorists, including Palestinians and
its relations with other rogue nations such as Libya and Iran.
Just as easily, Castro may have wanted to retaliate since the
administration rightly has rebuffed his repeated offers to
The disinformation campaign also may have been intended to play
administration as a patsy -- which it is not. The administration
Castro's newest charm offensive is simply his latest desperate
ploy to cling
to power in the face of growing internal opposition.
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