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“Castro’s Secrets,” by Brian Latell

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“Castro’s Secrets: The CIA and Cuba’s intelligence machine,” by Brian Latell.

“I believe the Cubans have the best intelligence service in the world.”

This is the assessment of a retired CIA official who Mr. Latell, himself a veteran of decades with the CIA and the US intelligence community, still considers to be the foremost authority on Fidel Castro’s intelligence service.

I strongly recommend this book to my readers and friends.

Written by Caracas Gringo

04/05/2012 at 18:03

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  1. Just got my copy

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    Dave

    05/05/2012 at 11:30

  2. I work in private sector sec with one of the best teams in the country, the currents capabilities of USGOV are the best. The author is referring to Cuba’s capability to insert moles and double-agents in the US. Recall they still use shortwave,

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    Dave

    05/05/2012 at 12:18

    • I too just started reading the book.

      Dave: You work security in the private sector, and I am just a cook (not in the Steven Segal manner, BTW), but it seems to me that while technology is certainly an important factor, HUMINT (Human Intelligence) is perhaps more effective than techno-gadgetry.

      Is it your position that in the 11 years since 9/11 the US has significantly upgraded its HUMINT capability?

      As far as I have read and heard, lack of HUMINT was a major contributing factor in the success of the 9/11 plot.

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      Roberto N

      05/05/2012 at 12:40

      • What we do is network based. I know a former head of us interests section Havana and he told me q nada en humint. What I read in press about humint screwups ie Lebanon, Iran is not good…lapses that cost lives. No tengo contactos en real humint

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        Dave

        05/05/2012 at 13:18

      • Lack of reliable, accurate HUMINT on Cubazuela has been a huge problem for the US since Chavez came to power. Chavez and gang shut out everyone not inside the process almost from day one, starting with the US government and the US embassy in Caracas. It’s much worse today, 14 years later. Fidel Castro has conolidated a degree of control over Venezuela’s core institutions of governance, security and defense, and its civil and mercantile registries that is completely without historical precedent in Venezuela and Latin America. There are between 40,000 and 50,000 Cubans in Venezuela on official missions, y quien sabe si no hay muchos mas that we don’t know about.

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        Caracas Gringo

        05/05/2012 at 13:22

  3. Gringo, thanks for the recommendation. I read the first chapter on Amazon last night and it seems like a great chance for me to know about a hidden world. His comment about us taking a beating from the Cubans comes as no surprise.

    As a young kid in Vietnam, I was shocked at our lack of intelligence sophistication during the Tet Offensive of 1968. There was evidence everywhere of an attack but who was there,amongst all the conflicting powers, to coordinate the info and make a decision? All branches of the military were little fiefdoms and the Vietnamese were discounted. Things flowed downward and no one from atop inquired of the boys on the ground about what we were seeing.

    Perhaps, too much arrogance and contempt for our enemies combined with poor leadership in many cases.

    The aforementioned gal at the root of the scandal in Cartagena did an interview that was published in La Tercera of Chile. She expresses contempt for the Secret Service in the way they handled the affair, “unos tontos” and said she could have accomplished damage against the drunk agents were she intent on doing some.

    http://www.latercera.com/noticia/mundo/2012/05/678-458980-9-prostituta-que-destapo-el-escandalo-del-servicio-secreto-de-eeuu-rompe-su.shtml

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    Al

    05/05/2012 at 20:33

  4. Of the three turncoat CIA officers, Phillip Agee “did considerably more damage”…. Agee did some Venezuela work with Cuban trained Eva Golinger ( tv and radio tour of Vzla).

    http://venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/1347

    A Grenadian passport bearing his pic and name was found by state dept officer searching gov offices during Grenada invasion. This has never been told afaik. Me lo conto quien encontro el doumento al preguntar sobre este

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    Dave

    06/05/2012 at 21:48

  5. Eva Golinger is an example like the American teachers mentioned in book. Eva frequently travels throughout USA visiting far flung places such as college towns in the NW and she has a residence in Sunny Isles Beach next to Bal Harbour Mall in North Miami Beach. She is mid to senior level agent!

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    Dave

    06/05/2012 at 22:10


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