What a Small World (of Castro's Thugs)‏

Saturday, August 4, 2012
From The Editor:

Last week, when the Castro regime organized the "mea culpa" at its Ministry of the Interior for the Swedish survivor of the car crash that killed Oswaldo Paya, I knew the official sitting next to him looked familiar.

The Swede, Aaron Modig, kept nervously looking over to the official for guidance during his testimony.

The Castro regime official was Gustavo Machin Gomez. He served as first secretary of the Cuban Interest Section in Washington, D.C. from 1997-2002, until he was finally expelled for his involvement with the infamous Cuban spy at the Defense Intelligence Agency, Ana Belen Montes.

But he jogged my memory, as on April 14th, 2000, Machin was one of nearly two dozen Cuban "diplomats" that violently assaulted a small group of peaceful demonstrators -- including myself, as a young law school student at the time -- outside the Cuban Interests Section (CUBINT) on 16th Street.

That's right, it was an attack by the Castro regime's thugs on U.S. soil against American citizens. As the police arrived on the scene that evening, the "diplomats" rushed back into the CUBINT, under the diplomatic cover of the Government of Switzerland.

Here's a detailed report of the incident, for which criminal indictments remain outstanding for five Castro regime officials.

Machin is a Colonel in Castro's Intelligence Directorate and has served in a variety of diplomatic covers throughout the world since then, including as Ambassador to Pakistan. He's now based in Havana and is tasked with the regime's media operations.