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Castro’s sister says she assisted CIA

October 27, 2009

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— One of Fidel Castro’s sisters says in a memoir released Monday that she collaborated with the CIA against her brother, starting shortly after the United States’ failed Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba in 1961.

Juanita Castro, 76, initially supported her brother’s 1959 overthrow of the Batista dictatorship but quickly grew disillusioned. In a Spanish-language memoir, “My Brothers Fidel and Raul. The Secret Story,” co-written by journalist Maria Antonieta Collins, she says the wife of the Brazilian ambassador to Cuba persuaded her to meet a CIA officer during a trip to Mexico in 1961.

Castro said in the book that she traveled to Mexico City to secretly meet a CIA officer who identified himself as “Enrique.”

A spokesman for the CIA in Langley, Va., declined to comment on Castro’s account.

Castro writes she agreed to help the CIA gather information but refused to accept money for her efforts and said she wanted no part in any violence.

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