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Writer, researcher and executive director of Archivo Cuba, María Werlau, has warned of the threat posed by the Castro regime to the American continent. In her book La Intervención de Cuba en Venezuela: Una Ocupación Estratégica con Implicaciones Globales, she highlights the control that Havana exercises, for example, over Venezuela.
In a conversation with Vanessa Vallejo, editor-in-chief of El American, Werlau explained that his intention is not only to tell how the Cuban dictatorship managed to take over Venezuela, but rather to demonstrate Fidel Castro’s strategy to implement the communist system throughout the continent.
“The more the model has failed, the more Cuba has grown stronger internationally. This is incredible and is due to what I call Cuba’s distinctive competence. The book is not only about how Cuba occupied Venezuela systematically. It is about explaining that the methodology it applied in Venezuela is the one it applies in other countries and which has been so successful, not only to keep the dictatorship in power but to expand its model to a continental model. That was always Fidel Castro’s dream since before he became President of Cuba,” said Werlau.
She highlighted that the Cuban regime has been taking over institutions, including academies, to impose the socialist system, which in addition, she commented, has links with groups connected to crime and that this constitutes a threat to democracy and freedom.
“We are in the region seeing a return of the left and probably it is the return of the radical left. It would be around the project now known as the São Paulo Forum. They have tried to move towards a new name, the Puebla Group, but it is the same thing. It is to implement the socialism of the 21st century, which in reality is neo-communism,” she pointed out.
María Werlau on Biden and Latin America
For the researcher, during the administration of President Joe Biden there has not been a policy towards Cuba “that shows that the United States is the main defender of democracy and that it has a role in that matter.”
She added: “Regarding Latin America, the policy has been terrible. I believe that there is no awareness of what the region is going through and the great threat that having all these regimes in power represents for democracy and freedom, which are already forming an axis that has strengthened and energized the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) — which is the organization they propose to put an end to the Organization of American States (OAS) — to continue progressing with their model.”
Cuban Intelligence in the USA
Maria Werlau also spoke about how Cuba has had great success in recruiting allies within the US Congress, the Government and the Department of State. She commented that, in her opinion, the United States does not have the counterintelligence resources to deal with this threat.
“It is estimated that Cuba has at least 5,099 intelligence relationships in the United States, of which approximately 2,767 are recruited agents who send secret information. The others are relations based on influence, may be academics or journalists, who meet with Cuban diplomats who are actually intelligence officers,” she said.
Finally, she assured that it is difficult to calculate the depth of the socialist and Marxist culture in the U.S. universities, which is the product of a campaign that has been going on for decades. “Most of the people who are in politics have no idea what Cuba is, the history of this regime, the history of interventions it has had not only in Latin America but in Africa and the nature of the regime. They don’t believe it.”
Vanessa Vallejo. Co-editor-in-chief of El American. Economist. Podcaster. Political and economic analysis of America. Colombian exile in the United States // Vanessa Vallejo. Co-editora en jefe de El American. Economista. Podcaster. Análisis político y económico de América. Colombiana exiliada en EE. UU.