48. 1/15/1959

“The Cuban revolution was going very strong from January 1959 on. Any Cuban who was involved or who has studied that period can tell you that the easy part was achieving power and the overthrow of the [Fulgencio] Batista dictatorship. Making the revolution after taking power was the really hard part. That was the transformation of Cuban society. They had lots of obstacles to overcome, many of them coming from the U.S. The first problems that Cuba had with the U.S. were the trials of Batista’s murderers and torturers who were captured. The chief of BRAC [The Bureau for Repression of Communist Activities], by the way, got away. He went to Miami and later on continued to work for the CIA. But his deputy was captured. This man had been the principal BRAC liaison officer with the CIA offices in the U.S. Embassy in Havana. They tried him. He was convicted and sentenced to death. He was not the only one. There were lots of others. These trials were public. They were broadcast on television, held in the national sports arena, an enclosed sports palace in Havana. They were seen in the U.S. as circus show trials, and various figures in the government denounced them, including Senators who stood up and called for an end to this so-called Cuban ‘bloodbath’. This was the beginning of Cuba’s problems with the U.S.” [The 15th of the month used for date sorting purposes only.]

Philip Agee, “A Century of War and Bad Faith; Cuba History, and the CIA,” Prevailing Winds Magazine, March 9, 1994, Page 26

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