A favorite argument of Castro's lobbyists and propagandists, who seek to have Cuba removed from the U.S.'s "state-sponsors of terrorism" list, is that it purportedly no longer supports armed insurgents in Latin America.
(Other than Colombia's FARC and ELN, of course.)
However, the Castro regime's efforts to subvert democratic institutions in the Americas are far from over.
Throughout the region -- from Venezuela to Argentina -- the Castro regime has been exporting a new brand of espionage, training, equipment and repression.
Last month, a story in El Nuevo Herald, called it "Oppression S.A., the new model of espionage and repression exported by Cuba."
Read the whole article (in Spanish) here.
It describes how Cuba's regime is providing services to its regional allies, in order to spy, control and repress its citizens.
These mechanisms were in full-display during this year's squashing of student protests in Venezuela.
According to Juan Reinaldo Sanchez, a former Lt. Col. in Cuba's Ministry of the Interior who served as Fidel Castro's bodyguard for 17 years, "in Venezuela today there are more than 500 Cuban counter-intelligence officials, spread throughout the ranks of the military."
These officials then create their own webs of agents and informants, which "control all political, civil and military activity" in Venezuela.
"First Cuba finds out, and then the high civilian and military command in Venezuela," said Sanchez.
This has become big business for Castro's regime, which has provided espionage, security and training services to its allies throughout the region -- but also monitoring technologies through state-entities, Albet, Xetid and Datys.
These companies have obtained lucrative contracts and operate in Venezuela, Bolivia, Argentina, Ecuador and Nicaragua.
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