Impunity for Miami mafia mercenary
BY GUILLERMO RODRÍGUEZ (Special for Granma International)
IN spite of being publicly designated in 1992 as the Canadian
"delegate" for the terrorist group Alpha 66—with a long and proven
record of criminal activities—and after having been exposed again in
February as the "sponsor" of death threats against the Mexican
ambassador in Havana, Antonio "El Chino" Tang Báez continues to
benefit from total impunity in Montreal.
The most fascinating aspect of this individual’s "political" career is
simultaneous association with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA),
with which he has publicly collaborated for over 10 years. And therein
lies the motives for his protection in Canada.
In 1990, with all the appearance of a political refugee, Tang
innocently turned up and created a scandal in front of the Cuban
consulate in Montreal, to the applause of some of his buddies,
including the "leader" of the local branch of Cuba Independiente y
Democratica (CID), vegetable seller Máximo Morales.
Shortly afterwards, the two men, honing their methods, presented
their boss, traitor Huber Matos, to both the Montreal and Toronto
press. Matos put aside his dubious activities in Central America to
accept the invitation.
However, a few days later, the recently-born CID nucleus was
dissolved: Morales was arrested by police in Montreal with 80
kilograms of cocaine, the most significant drug seizure in the history
of the city.
Who would have thought that Morales’ dirty business was financing
the activities of Tang’s organization, or those of Matos, involved at
that time with Nicaraguan Contra drug trafficking...or even his
connection to the omnipotent Cuban-American National Foundation
(CANF), then headed by Jorge Mas Canosa? Quite a subject for
It is a fact that Tang moved up the ranks, accepting any offer from
any point on the mafia spectrum, as soon as he received the due
Without the slightest atom of shame, Tang claims to be a
professional journalist and correspondent for Radio Martí—another
creation of the foundation—of the Miami radio station WQBA, or El
Diario de las Americas. He also appears in all of Montreal’s editorial
offices, meeting with ultra-right elements for the purpose of inventing
new anti-Cuba "scandals." Given his criminal status, "el Chino" finds
complicity in the sale of his product in spite of its mediocre quality.
But Tang is not bothered by contradictions or conflicts of interest. It
was in the summer of 1992 when the Miami terrorist group Alpha 66
designated him as its "Canadian delegate" in a threatening
communiqué directed at various Canadians known for their friendship
or business links with Cuba. This terrorist campaign, though carried
out with the characteristic cowardice of the Florida mafia’s most
fanatical sectors, seriously worried many of its victims, living in a
country unused to such maneuvers.
Death threats in Canada, in any other case, are subject to rapid and
systematic police intervention.
On the contrary, motivated by the authorities’ inertia, Tang organized
a Canadian tour for Florentino Aspillaga Lombard, a former Cuban
State Security official who defected to the CIA.
Contracted for this dirty work, aimed at once again deceiving the
Canadian public on the Cuban issue, Tang completed his assignment
as a collaborator.
Very strangely, in these circumstances, in Canada nobody appeared
to be concerned at the fact of the CIA organizing a misinformation
campaign against a third country within its national territory.
"El Chino" Tang continued conspiring in the tranquility of his Montreal
apartment. It wasn’t until weeks later that Tang pulled Aspillaga out
of the closet for a second tour of lies and disinformation.
By then "el Chino" had grasped that counterrevolution is a great
business, and that someone devoid of shame or honor can live off it
without working too hard.
In the course of the following years, Tang continued to appear under
the most varied of guises. One day as representative of the National
Unity Committee, an organization invented by the CANF, the next as
director of the Christian Trade Union’s central branch, an then as one
of the dozens of little groups nourished by financial donations from
the U.S. Congress, and available to anybody who claims to be a
threat to the Revolution.
In July 2000, Tang was the one to inform the Spanish news agency
EFE of the illegal exit from Cuba of his friend Aspillaga’s wife. He
claimed to have sponsored the "feat" and told the Miami office
journalist how "important it is that the CIA should get new
information on Cuban agents and their collaborators in the Bill Clinton
Not satisfied with carrying out orders from Langley—the general
headquarters of the Central Intelligence Agency—the mercenary took
Nor has the most recent of ‘El Chino’s’ public initiatives created any
problem for him in Canada, where nobody seems interested in the
degree of danger he represents, although it has been clearly
demonstrated that Tang was appointed by Alpha 66 to direct its
collaborators in Cuba.
On January 31, 2000 and February 1, 2001, Ricardo Pascoe, the
Mexican Ambassador to Havana received a threatening letter
directed to himself and Mexican Foreign Minister Jorge G. Castañeda,
by fax and by courier. The author of the anonymous message, who
identified himself as ‘Adrián,’ wrote that Castañeda and his
"comrade," the ambassador to Havana, are "mistaken in the policy
to follow...they almost seem confused," and stated that they were
about to receive a visit from "Nazario and Alpha," a clear reference
to Andrés Nazario Sergent, head of Alpha 66. "Do not panic," stated
the text, "he is already in Havana."
On February 21, the Cuban Minister of the Interior announced the
arrest of Elizardo San Pedro Martín as the author of the threats, after
discovering in his house the typewriter used to compose the
messages, as well as a document confirming his links with Antonio
The investigation revealed that San Pedro Martín received his orders
directly from Tang to perpetrate "propagandistic activities," but
above all "actions designed to frighten persons with an attitude of
rapprochement to the Cuban government."
San Pedro Martín received $1,200 USD for his activities which,
according to a Ministry of the Interior communiqué, had been "sent
from abroad via persons linked to Alpha 66."
What is most disturbing is that it appears that the man selected by
Tang to carry out his Havana "actions" is known for his dubious
conduct. In 1995 he sent a letter "endorsed with 134 signatures," to
U.S. Senator Jesse Helms, supporting his anti-Cuban projects.
Helms enthusiastically read out the letter in Congress. It was later
revealed that out of the 134 signatures, 34 were forged by San
Pedro and the rest were taken, "from other documents in his
Knowing the danger level represented by the Alpha 66 gang and the
international diffusion of cables announcing San Pedro Martín’s arrest
and links to Antonio Tang, it would seem logical that the "journalist’s"
activities in Montreal would have been of concern to the Canadian
However, recruiting and financing an individual with psychological
problems to threaten diplomats in Havana is not a crime in Montreal,
not when the political criminal in question has buddies in the CIA and