silence is golden… CIA VS Cuba’s SURFERS

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The story of CIA-backed Freedom House and its attempt to smuggle illegal satellite dishes into Cuba disguised as surfboards/bodyboards has again been revisited. This time by blogger Tracey Eaton in Havana Times. However, in the interview both Barry Fink and Robert Guerra declined to give details.

Check out the story at http://www.havanatimes.org/?p=93369 

Since Fink and Guerra have decided not to comment about the incident that occurred in 2008, we thought we’d  fill in a few blanks to help them remember.

Fink entered Cuba with the intention of filming a documentary about local surfers. He brought with him 12 surfboards into Havana, surfboard accessories, tools for board shaping, plus filming equipment. While Fink and the Cuban surfers travelled around doing the odd bit of filming, during this period Fink also spent a lot of time splitting up technical items he had with him and dropping off packages in odd locations – such as in bushes and under bridges etc.

The original Granma newspaper article states that a black bag which was to be dropped off under a bridge was not found at its location. The intended recipient was Cuban electronics technician Dalexi González Madruga. The reason the package was not found by Madruga was because when Havana’s surfers realised what was going on, they dumped the black bag in a neighbourhood rubbish bin.

Perhaps silence isn’t so golden after all, but the truth undeniably is.

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Barry Fink

Photos : Havana Times

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