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Offline Richard Rubio

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How three CIA agents diffused Castro's rigged Alcatraz-style prison
By Luke Kenton For

After the botched US-sponsored Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961, Cuba's revolutionary leader Fidel Castro lined the walls of one of the country’s most notorious prisons with five tonnes of explosives.

But a remarkable tale that has been declassified for the first time reveals how three CIA agents imprisoned inside embarked on an incredible effort to ensure the bombs never went off.

David Christ, 42, was a senior officer of the CIA by the fall of 1960. Considered more of a scientist than a field operative, he was responsible for designing much of the bugging equipment used by the agency to spy on its fiercest enemies at the time.

The Isle of Pines prison was filled with dissidents and enemies of the state who long hoped to see Castro and his kind driven from power. Many of those incarcerated had been figureheads of anti-Castro movements, and if the US wanted to provoke a counter-revolution, their first port of call would like be to free the prisoners of the Isle of Pines who would help set the wheels into motion

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"Against all hope" by Armando Valladares is a book covering his 23 years in Castro's prisons, he spent some time at the above prison on the Island of Pines, Isla de Pinos.  Well worth reading.  One thing I remember is that not at the isle of Pines, but at another prison, one technique used was cutting off a prisoner's intake of a certain mineral, say iodide. Serious health effects.
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