CUBA (video): US Diplomats and Their Cash and Carry Diplomatic Pouches

Posted on May 19, 2008

For years, there have been rumors that US diplomats were transmitting large quantities of cash from the US to distribute to so-called Cuban “dissidents.” It appears that a lot of that cold cash got there via some very hot diplomatic pouches thus avoiding a look-see at Cuban customs. The Cuban government held a press conference today to “out” the diplomats, the “dissidents,” and the “dissidents” benefactor, terrorist Santiago Alvarez living in Miami.

Strap on your seatbelts, this is going to be a bumpy ride.

First, an article from Cuba that summarizes the press conference. This is followed by links to videos showing evidence related to the Cuban government’s allegations

Cuba Proves Links US Diplomats-Terrorists

HAVANA, Cuba, May 19 (acn) Cuba denounced on Monday the scandalous links
between US diplomats based in Havana and terrorists resident in the
United States, by means of which Cuban counterrevolutionar ies receive
financial and material support.

Over a dozen e-mails and a video recording were presented as proof by
the Director of the State Security Historic Investigations Department,
Manuel Hevia, in a news conference at the International Press Center
(CPI) in Havana.

The evidence shows the brazen connections between Cuban-born terrorist
Santiago Alvarez Fernandez Magriñat and Michael E. Parmly, head of the
U.S. Interests Section in Havana, in supplying sums of money to a female
counterrevolutionar y in Cuba.

For this illegal operation they used an alleged foundation called
Rescate Juridico, apparently a non-profit organization devoted to
providing help, including food, clothes, and money.

Josefina Vidal, head of the North American branch of the Cuban Foreign
Ministry, said at the news conference that for several years Cuba has
repeatedly denounced the subversive actions organized, promoted and
sponsored by the US government and by enemy organization based in that

According to Vidal, a recent investigation by local authorities showed
irrefutable evidence on a new qualitative fact, something she
called “unusual and scandalous”: US diplomats with the Interests Section
have served as emissaries in the remittance of money from US based
terrorists to counter-revolutiona ries in Cuba.

The Cuban diplomat stressed that for the first time her government has
evidence that US representatives have served as vulgar go-betweens at
the service of a notorious terrorist, currently jailed in the United
States on weapons charges, which he intended to use in violent actions
against Cuba.

“We are talking of no other than notorious terrorist than Santiago
Alvarez Fernandez Magriñat, who manages to send money and material help
from prison to mercenaries in Cuba, with the support of Michael E.
Parmly,” said Vidal.

The Cuban government, she noted, has always condemned as illegal the use
of federal funds to promote counterrevolution within the country, and
the direct role of the US diplomats in Havana in their distribution to
local mercenary groups.

The investigation, said Vidal, has proved that heads of counter
revolutionary groups in Cuba influenced the reduction of the penalty on
Santiago Alvarez by presenting him as a benefactor of mercenary groups
in Cuba, which is in tune up with Washington’s policy, and not as the
terrorist and benefactor of terrorists he truly is.

The Cuban diplomat raised the question of whether the Bush
administration, which advertises the war against terrorism as the corner
stone of their foreign policy, knows that their top diplomat in Havana
is collaborating with a notorious terrorist.

Vidal also considered it worthy to wonder if this collaboration between
US government officials and terrorists is a new policy and a part of the
infamous secret annex of the Bush Plan against Cuba.

By doing this, said Josefina Vidal, Washington is not only violating
Cuban laws and sovereignty but also international conventions on
diplomacy and the fight against terrorism.

For his part, Dr. Manuel Hevia explained about the investigation and
presented some evidence of the new US interference in Cuba’s internal
affairs. The research, he said, abides by national and international
laws on the war against terrorism, and the evidence has been properly
legalized by Cuban authorities.

The terrorist Santiago Alvarez, said Hevia, is well known for his
participation in mercenary attacks on Cuba in the 1960s and 1970s, and
for his direct links to the assassination attempt on Cuban former
President Fidel Castro in Panama on 2000.

Alvarez was also responsible for armed infiltrations into Cuban
territory in 2001, said Hevia, who went on to mention phone
conversations with fellow terrorist Yosvani Suris, where he instructed
the latter to go inside the Tropicana Night Club in Havana to throw two
cans of C-4 explosives.

According to the Cuban official, Alvarez also led the operation to
smuggle terrorist Luis Posada Carriles into US territory.

The ongoing investigation process has gathered considerable evidence,
and proved the ways and modus operandi used by Alvarez to introduce
money into Cuba by means of emissaries who deliver it within the country
to internal mercenaries, Hevia added.

Finally, Josefina Vidal reiterated the seriousness of the facts
denounced by Cuba on Monday, which reveal that the US Interests Office
promotes and meticulously monitors activities aimed at provoking and
causing public disorder.

The Cuban government will continue investigating and denouncing these
deeds, for their illegal nature and because they pose a threat to
internal peace and stability, concluded Vidal.