71. 3/15/1960

“In March, 1960, while I [Philip Agee, former CIA agent] was at Camp Peary in the training program (we were a group of about fifty-five which the CIA brought in that year, of which only about five were women), [President Dwight D.] Eisenhower signed the CIA’s plan for overthrowing the revolution. That is the plan which led to the Bay of Pigs in 1961. The plan had four main aspects. One, the formation of a unified political leadership for the Cuban counterrevolution outside Cuba. This they did it in Miami. They called it the Democratic Revolutionary Front. The second part of it was propaganda directed toward Cubans in Cuba, undermining the revolution, accusing the leadership of having betrayed the revolution, denouncing of course [Cuban president, Fulgencio] Batista, admitting that his regime was repressive, but at the same time saying that the Cuban revolution had been betrayed, that it was taken over by communists. That was the propaganda side of it. This started very early on with Radio Swan, on Swan Island, a Honduran possession in the Caribbean. Swan Island was a project of the Gibraltar Steamship Corporation in New York City, a company that despite the name never owned a boat or ship of any kind. It was a front for this propaganda operation of Radio Swan. A third part of the CIA’s plan was to develop and expand the underground in Cuba and train more saboteurs, more people who could try to undermine and hurt the economy. The fourth was then to recruit an invasion force both in Havana and from the exile community in Florida, in Miami mostly. They recruited about two thousand people. They gave them some training in Florida but then sent them over to a base specially built for the purpose in the western highlands of Guatemala. In the months ahead, through 1960 and into 1961, they were trained in Guatemala.” [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 27


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