Foreign Affairs

Where Else Are the Castro Spies?

Last week, the FBI arrested a well-born State Department intelligence analyst and his wife for conspiracy to commit espionage for the Castro regime. David Kris, assistant attorney general for national security, described the case against Walter “Kendall” Myers and his wife Gwendolyn as “incredibly serious,” and Secretary of State Clinton called it an “outrageous violation,” while ordering a top-to-bottom review of the State Department’s security procedures.

“Cuban spies can be especially difficult to catch,” lament U.S. intelligence officials, “because the Cuban government specializes in recruiting ”true believers” rather than agents who are out to make money.”  Walter Kendall Myers was a perfect case in point. It took thirty years to catch him.

“I have concluded that we should attempt to achieve normalization of our relations with Cuba,” read Presidential Directive NSC-6 issued on March 16, 1977 by Jimmy Carter. The directive, which was declassified only in May 2002, continues:“To this end, we should begin direct and confidential talks with representatives of the Cuban government."

This Democratic “opening” to Castro set the stage for Myers’ spy career. It appears that Walter Myers started flirting with Castro’s KGB-trained agents in late 1978 while they served as diplomats at the U.N. and Myers worked as an adjunct professor at John Hopkins and as instructor for the State Department, which had already granted him “secret” clearance.

The Castro agents graciously invited Myers to Cuba on an “academic” junket (a cinch to arrange then, as now) for more sizing up. A few months later Castro’s agents visited Myers in his temporary South Dakota home and broke the good news. He had the job. So Myers promptly enlisted as an agent for the regime that craved (and came within a hair of) the nuclear incineration of his hometown, Washington, D.C.

During the course of Myers’ arrest, the FBI uncovered his diary, which was laden with Castrophilic passages.

To highlight that difficulty in catching Castro’s spies that bedevils U.S. spy-catchers, let’s play a game I’ve titled, “Castro Spy or Democratic Official? Who Said It?”

"Fidel has lifted the Cuban people out of the degrading and oppressive conditions which characterized pre-revolutionary Cuba. He has helped the Cubans to save their own souls. Cubans don’t need to try very hard to make the point that we have been the exploiters."

If you answered, "Castro spy Kendall Myers, from his diaries," you’re right.

"I believe that there is no country in the world including any and all the countries under colonial domination, where economic colonization, humiliation and exploitation were worse than in Cuba, in part owing to my country’s policies during the Batista regime…"

If you answered, "Democratic President of the United States John F. Kennedy speaking to French Journalist Jean Daniel in Nov. 1963," you’re right again.

"Batista was only one of the long list of murderous figures that we thrust upon them in the name of stability and freedom."

If you answered, "From Castro Spy Kendall Myers’ diaries" again for the above," you win.

"I will even go further: to some extent, it is as though Batista was the incarnation of a number of sins on the part of the United States."

Answer: "Democratic President John F. Kennedy, for the above," you win again.

"Everything one hears about Fidel suggests that he is a brilliant and charismatic leader."

"Castro Spy, Kendall Myers, again?" you got it.

"Fidel Castro is very shy and sensitive, a man I regard as a friend."

"Was that Democratic Presidential candidate, George Mc Govern?" You’re right, but that was too easy.

"Castro exudes the sense of seriousness and purposefulness that gives the Cuban socialist system its unique character. The revolution is moral without being moralistic."

"Castro Spy, Kendall Myers writing in his diaries," is the correct answer for the above.

"Castro first and foremost is and always has been a committed egalitarian. He despises any system in which one class or group of people lives much better than another. He wanted a system that provided the basic needs to all — enough to eat, health care, adequate housing and education."

If you answered, "the Jimmy Carter -appointed head of Havana’s Cuban Interest section, Wayne Smith" for the above quote, you’re doing exceptionally well.

"Have the Cubans given up their personal freedom to get material security? Nothing I have seen yet suggests that, I can see nothing of value that has been lost by the revolution. The revolution has released enormous potential and liberated the Cuban spirit."

Answer: "That’s from Castro spy, Kendall Myers," and you win, predictably.

"Cuba has superb systems of health care and universal education..the Cuban embargo is the stupidest law ever passed in the U.S."

Answer: "Former U.S. Democratic president James Earl Carter.”

(For the sake of this article, please overlook that all of the above talking points issued by Castro to his propagandists are demonstrably false. The point here is to show who’s parroting these lies.)

“Tip of the iceberg” is an oft-used phrase by Cuba-watchers whenever a Castro spy gets nabbed. In light of the motivations uncovered in Myers diary and the rampant Castrophilia among Beltway academic, media and Democratic circles, who can doubt it?

"The Toast of Manhattan!" crowed Time magazine about Castro’s reception by Manhattan’s Beautiful People on his visit to address the U.N. General assembly in 1996, upon the U.N.’s 50th anniversary celebrations.

"The Hottest Ticket in Manhattan!" read a Newsweek story that week, referring to the social swirl that engulfed Castro. After Fidel’s whooping, hollering, foot-stomping ovation in the General Assembly, he was fêted by New York’s best and brightest, hobnobbing with dozens of Manhattan’s glitterati, pundits and power brokers.

First, there was dinner at the Council on Foreign Relations. After holding court there for a rapt David Rockefeller, along with Robert McNamara, Dwayne Andreas and Random House’s Harold Evans, Castro flashed over to Mort Zuckerman’s Fifth Avenue pad, where a throng of Beltway glitterati, including a breathless Mike Wallace, Peter Jennings, Tina Brown, Bernard Shaw and Barbara Walters, all jostled for a brief tryst, cooing and gurgling to Castro’s every comment.

All clamored for autographs and photo ops. Diane Sawyer was so overcome in the mass killer’s presence that she rushed up, broke into that toothy smile of hers, wrapped her arms around Castro and smooched him warmly on the cheek.

"You people are the cream of the crop!" beamed the Cuban Fuhrer to the smiling throng that surrounded him.

"Hear, hear!" chirped the delighted guests while tinkling their wine glasses in appreciation and glee.

And the murderer had barely scratched the surface of his fan club. According to the U.S. Cuba Trade and Economic Council, on that visit Castro received 250 dinner invitations from Manhattan celebrities and power brokers.

So who can doubt that Castro’s Intelligence officials are horribly overworked? How can they possibly process all the applicants from the U.S. Beltway on their “academic” and “Journalistic” visits to Cuba, all clamoring to help the regime that craved to enslave them?


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