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On the Trail of the MININT Papers

On the Trail of the MININT Papers / Juan Juan Almeida

Juan Juan Almeida, 9 May 2016 — In connection with a top secret theft
targeting the Interior Ministry of the Republic of Cuba (MININT), a high
number of officials have been arrested, a colonel in charge of computer
operations has committed suicide in his own office on the eighth floor
of Building A at MININT headquarters, and a foreign businessman is being
subjected to enormous pressure from the Cuban government.

The information had remained secret until March 31 when an article
appeared here under the title “MINIT Confronts What Could Be Its Worst
Challenge: Information Theft.” In it, I wrote that the Major General
Carlos Fernandez Gondin had left his office accompanied by a doctor
after a fit of rage, which led to a heart attack and his hospitalization.

At the time the obvious question was, “What could be so irritating as to
reduce the blood flow of someone capable of not only leading a firing
squad without the slightest remorse but of also justifying it?”

Now after much effort, some payouts and access to high-level sources,
the enigma has begun to take shape. As I previously noted, it is almost
impossible to believe that the theft of secret material was not the
result of a cyber attack. It was a calculated, premeditated act, paid
for by a Canadian businessman. Though he is not now in Cuba, he is being
pressured by Cuban authorities to not release or sell the information to
a foreign intelligence agency. Though he himself is not currently in the
country, the businessman, whose name I do not know, is being cruelly
coerced because, among other things, members of his family still live on
the island and are not being allowed to leave.
According to one of source, “the information is so secret that, if it
came to light, it would be extremely damaging to Cuba and its leaders.
It is more serious than the Number One and Number Two Cases of 1989.
Never in the entire history of MININT or the former DIER (Department of
Army Investigations) has such valuable information been stolen.”

The reports are troubling. It is said that there are documents
implicating European intellectuals, American academics and
businesspeople, and even a former president of Panama. There is also
talk of a list of names of Cubans who have been forcibly “disappeared,”
of covert activities carried out overseas, of regional destabilization
operations, of money laundering, of the sale of Venezuelan and
Panamanian visas, of the government approving trafficking operations
under the more attractive guise of humanitarian aid to separated
families, and of significant investments by Cuban leaders in Nicaragua,
Panama, Mexico and Venezuela.
A lot can be discerned about the robbery but not very much about the
names. Internal control, intelligence, counterintelligence, military
counterintelligence and CIM (Defense and National Security Commission)
officials are using disinformation to obscure the identity of the
Canadian businessman, the number of disgruntled military men involved in
the sale of information, and the names of the colonels and general who
led the operation and who remain in custody.

MININT Confronts What Could Be Its Worst Challenge: Information Theft /
Juan Juan Almeida

Juan Juan Almeida, 31 March 2016 — Not so long ago there was a rumor
that high officials of MINIT had been arrested by the Ministry. In
agreement with those implicated in the event and making a clear allusion
comparable to Case No. 1 of 1989 [a highly respected Cuban general was
executed for drug trafficking], there was … Continue reading

Source: On the Trail of the MININT Papers / Juan Juan Almeida –
Translating Cuba –

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