US plans to assassinate Fidel Castro’s brother Raul in 1960: declassified documents

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Raul Castro’s departure ends nearly six decades of family power in Cuba that began in 1959 (File)

Washington:

The CIA made its first known attempt to assassinate a leader of the Cuban Revolution in 1960, offering $ 10,000 to a pilot flying Raul Castro from Prague to Havana to stage an “accident,” according to declassified documents released on Friday. .

Pilot Jose Raul Martinez, who had been recruited by the CIA, requested – and received – assurances from the agency that it would provide college education to his two sons if he died during the operation, documents say published by Washington. a research institute based on national security archives.

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After Martinez left for Prague, the CIA headquarters in the United States asked their Havana station to cancel the mission.

“Don’t chase,” the cable said. “I would like to drop the matter.”

By this time, the pilot was already out of contact. On his return to Cuba, Martinez told his master that “he had not had the opportunity to organize an accident as we had discussed”.

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The plot emerged as Castro, the 89-year-old brother of the late revolutionary leader Fidel Castro, prepares to quit Cuban politics by resigning as head of the all-powerful Communitarian Party of Cuba.

Raul’s departure ends a nearly six-decade family takeover in Cuba that began in 1959.

The reins will now pass to Miguel Diaz-Canel, 60, President of Cuba since 2018.

“These documents remind us of a dark and sinister past in American operations against the Cuban revolution,” Peter Kornbluh, analyst at the National Security Archives, told TBEN.

“As the Castro era officially draws to a close, American policymakers have the opportunity to leave this historic baggage behind and engage in Cuba’s post-Castro future.”

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Fidel Castro defied 11 US presidents and survived numerous assassination plots – 638 according to Guinness World Records – as well as a failed 1961 attempt by 1,400 CIA-trained and funded anti-Castro Cubans to land in the Bay of Pigs in an attempt to overthrow the Communist regime.

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