The Miami Herald
June 9, 1977, page 7

How Fidel Castro Exports Revolution

Cuba Sends Spies, Troops and Guerrilla Advisers


BEHIND the famous beard and. flamboyant style, there is another Fidel Castro whom the world doesn't see.

The hidden Castro operates a worldwide intelligence network, directs a Vietnam-style intervention in Angola and practices imperialism on a global scale. He has transformed tiny Cuba into a world power, of course, with a $3.8 million daily subsidy from the Soviet Union. Without Soviet succor, he would have to close down his operation.

The establishment of diplomatic ties between Havana and Washington will also have its unseen side. With the exchange of diplomats will also come an exchange of spies.

Last year, we identified the Cuban spy chief in the United States as Julian Torres Rizo who also doubles as secretary of Castro's United Nations delegation. Competent sources told us Rizo, while posing as a diplomat, has been developing contacts with radicals in this country.

Another top spy, who will join Castro's diplomatic mission in Washington unless our story stops her, is Alina Alayo Amaro. She is known inside Castro's spy agency, the DGI, by the code name "Adelfa." Her assignment, according to intelligence sources, is to penetrate the U.S. government. She is an expert on the U.S. Senate.

She was assigned, for example, as interpreter for Sen. George McGovern, when he visited Cuba last April. McGovern told us he didn't know she was a spy. He recalled that she was extremely intelligent, with a great command of the English language.

Adelfa is a pleasant woman, about 34 years old, 5-foot-4, 120 pounds. The DGI has sent her on assignments to such diverse places as Canada, Czechoslovakia, England and Sweden. She also turned up on the Cuban delegation of the United Nations, where she concentrated on gathering information about U.S. senators. She has compiled detailed profiles on members of the Senate.

Fidel Castro functions, meanwhile, as an arm of the Kremlin. The Soviet KGB organized, trained and financed the DGI, which has become the KGB's eyes and ears in Latin America. Castro's troops in Cuba and Africa are paid and armed by the Soviet Union.

Castro sent a contingent of Cubans into Ethiopia immediately after the Marxist government expelled some 300 U.S. advisers. Cuban military advisers also helped to train the Katanga rebels who recently invaded Zaire.

Cubans reportedly are running guerrilla training camps for blacks who want to fight against Rhodesia and South Africa. The camps are located in Angola, Mozambique and Tanzania. Cuban military missions have also been reported in the Congo (Brazzaville), Equatorial Guinea, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Sierra Leone, Somalia and Tanzania.

For the Soviets, Castro is worth the $3.8 million a day he costs them. He is acceptable in the Third World, which would resist overt Soviet support. His Cubans have been able to infiltrate and subvert large tracts of the African continent, therefore, without the world uproar that would have been caused by direct Soviet intervention.

Yet those who have studied Castro closely say he doesn't regard himself as a puppet manipulated by Soviet financial strings. He apparently believes in his revolutionary role and feels a "moral obligation" to aid Communist movements. He views himself, say our sources, as a David who has stood up to the U.S. Goliath.

He seems to believe, therefore, that the Soviets are playing his game rather than the other way around.