Confession of a Cuban State Security Agent

Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Another important sign that the balance of power is shifting away from Castro's dictatorship and toward Cuba's democracy movement.

From The Miami Herald:

Cuban ‘dissident’ says he was really an infiltrator

Lawyer Ernesto Vera said his main task was to attack and sow discord within two key Cuban opposition groups in the island.

A Cuban lawyer has confessed that he was a State Security collaborator for the four years he spent portraying himself as a dissident and harshly attacking two of the country’s most active opposition groups.

Ernesto Vera, 34, had been accused of being a collaborator last year but his confession cast a rare spotlight on how State Security agents recruit informants and pays them thousands of dollars to discredit dissidents and generate rivalries among them.

Vera also pointed a finger at five other Cubans who in his view have been suspiciously critical of the Cuban Patriotic Union (UNPACU) and the Ladies in White, the largest and most aggressive dissident groups on the communist-ruled island.

“My mission within State Security was to disparage and discredit UNPACU, especially its leader, José Daniel Ferrer, and the Ladies in White,” Vera told El Nuevo Herald by phone Wednesday from his home in the eastern city of Santiago De Cuba.

But he sat for a 44-minute video taped confession to Ferrer earlier this month because he was “disgusted with so many lies, the double life and faking a friendly relationship with people I hated so much.”

The two men shook hands at the end of the video.

Click here to watch the video.