69. 3/15/1960

“[March 1960] Rafael Rivas-Vasquez sends a confidential memorandum to [Manuel] Artíme on ‘Propaganda and Psychological Warfare of the F.R.D. (Revolutionary Democratic Front) in Cuba.’ The goals, he writes is to make the F.R.D. known inside of Cuba, win over sectors of the country, and ‘break the red power through creating a mystique [to oppose Communism] based on Christian principles and the democratic traditions of our people.’ Propaganda will be n and by radio. Psy-ops should include a ‘campaign directed a demoralizing the military …based in terror,’ a radio and flyer campaign to identify [Fidel] Castro’s intelligence officials and Communist spies, promoting civic resistance, and spread the word about the resistance and its operations. Among the recommendations are to ‘blow up’ Castro’s radio station, the Voz del INRA, which is interfering with Radio Swans transmissions. ‘Actions and sabotage, coordinated with written and radio propaganda …give life to the slogans and civic resistance,’ Rivas Vasquez writes.” [The 15th of the month used for date sorting purposes only.]

“The Bay of Pigs Invasion/Playa Giron: A Chronology of Events,” The National Security Archive, NSArchive2.gwu.edu

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