CASTRO PLOT TO MURDER REAGAN – by R. H. Boyce, Scripps-Howard News Service – Thursday, March 12, 1981.
WASHINGTON – The National Security Agency has alerted the CIA, White House and State Department to a Latin American newspaper report saying Cuban President Fidel Castro is plotting the assassination of President Reagan, Scripps-Howard News Service has learned.
The NSA, which monitors published and broadcast information around the globe, does not make such ‘alert’ messages available to the press. But SHNS obtained a copy, which was marked “for official use only.”
It included the text of the newspaper report as well as a garbled message about the news story directed to the head of Castro’s controlled news agency, Presna Latina.
Without revealing its sources, the news report, published yesterday in the Caracas, Venezuela, newspaper El Mundo, asserted the assassination plot called for the slaying to be carried out by Illich Ramirez Sancho, an international terrorists known as Carlos the Jackal.
Carlos is said to have organized the massacre of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, West Germany, and has been involved in dozens of terrorists acts.
U.S. officials said the NSA’s actions in alerting the U.S. intelligence community “suggests that while they are not necessarily ready to believe the report of an assination plot, nevertheless they (NSA) find it at least worthy of looking into.”
The Caracas newspaper story said the assassination plan, “was discussed in a meeting of the International Trust of Crime in Cojimar, an exclusive beach club east of Havana, with the participants of Montonero and Tupamaro thugs, Illich Ramirez, Ramiro Valdez, Cuban Police Minister Carlos Rafael Rodriguez and Fidel Castro.
No identification was found of Ramiro Valdez. Montonero “thugs” are terrorists operating primarily in Argentina while Tumpumaros thugs operate in Uruguay.
The article said Palestine Liberation Organization chief Yasir Arafat also paraticiapted in the plan.
Presna Latina (Latin Press) often has been used by Castro for political ends. The Pressa Latina correspondent in Caracas, at 9:47 a.m. EST yesterday, began transmitting the El Mundo article by cable to Prensa Latina headquarters in Havana. NSA monitored it. At the close of the text, Prensa Latina Caracas began adding what appears to be commentary on the El Mundo report. It reads:
“Everything seems to indicate that Fidel Castro is planning the assassination of U.S. Persident Ronald Reagan in the same way that he previously ordered the assassination of John F. Kennedy and whose participation the high-ranking U.S. government circles hit…”
There the Prensa Latina cable transmission stopped. Had it been ordered broken off by the Venezuela government, say U.S. officials, the NSA would have added the words: “transmission interrupted,” to show Venezuela’s action. There was no such NSA notation. Officials provided no explanation of why the transmission ended in mid-sentence.
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[Research Notes: This is a classic Black Propaganda operation, stemming from leaked NSA documents, but attributed to Castro’s “controlled” agent-reporter in Caracas, and is carefully labeled as coming from the enemy, even though it really doesn’t. The whole story is a hoax, and not a funny one. It is a continuation of the Black Prop Op that was set in motion BEFORE 11/22/63, the purpose of which was to try to blame and make it appear there was evidence to indicate that Fidel Castro was behind the assassination of JFK. I wonder if these docs were among the few that NSA released under the JFK Act?
While I’m roaming around Fort Meade, maybe I’ll check out their records and see if I come up with anything. I know how to get around security, I’ll rent a third rate car and deliver a $14 pizza to somebody inside. Security at the gate will never come up with the bucks and let me in. If it doesn’t work, maybe Gus and his friends will come over and bail me out. – BK, on the lose, underground and roaming around.]