291. 11/22/1963

“That very same day, November 22, 1963, the CIA was giving a murder weapon to a Cuban in Paris. It was Desmond Fitzgerald, a man whom I knew, who was one of the most senior men working against Cuba in this special Cuba task force within the CIA. He gave this weapon to Rolando Cubela, who had been a student leader in Cuba, a significant figure in the revolution, but who had turned against it and was working for the Agency. He had aces to Fidel [Castro]. The weapon was a hypodermic syringe disguised as a ballpoint pen. It was to be loaded with a poison called blackleaf 40, which is very fast-acting. This man Cubela was to inject it suddenly on Fidel and he would be dead pretty quick. He never was able to do it, obviously, but he did get caught. Cubela was sentenced to thirty years in prison.”

Philip Agee, “A Century of War and Bad Faith; Cuba History, and the CIA,” Prevailing Winds Magazine, March 9, 1994, Pages 30-31

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