MIAMI — Fifty-eighty years after the rise of Fidel Castro to power in Cuba, details are still emerging about futile CIA attempts to overthrow the dictator.
This week, documents released by the National Archives unveiled a disturbing plan that was hatched by the CIA in the 1960s to bomb Miami and murder Cuban exiles in an attempt to pin the blame on Castro and turn the world against him.
The 2,800 papers published Friday about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy detail the specifics of Operation Mongoose, a 1960 covert operation devised by the CIA to remove Castro from power. Among the strategies the agency considered employing were the assassination of exiled Cuban leaders, the killing of refugees and the bombing of Miami.
The hope was that these attacks, once linked to Castro, would justify the invasion of the island by U.S. forces. The plan was described as follows:
“We could develop a Communist Cuban terror campaign in the Miami area, in other Florida cities and even in Washington. The terror campaign could be pointed at Cuban refugees seeking haven in the United States. We could sink a boatload of Cubans en route to Florida. We could foster attempts on the lives of Cuban refugees in the United States. Exploding a few plastic bombs in carefully chosen spots, the arrest of a Cuban agent and the release of prepared documents substantiating Cuban involvement also would be helpful in projecting the idea of an irresponsible government.”
The plan also contemplated using biological weapons to ruin Cuban crops in an effort to cause widespread famine, which would hopefully lead to a popular uprising. The operation was ultimately rejected by Kennedy.
Other documents released this week show the CIA hoped to use exploding cigars, a poisoned wetsuit and even an exploding seashell to kill Castro.
The revelations came shortly after President Donald Trump boasted on Twitter that “JFK Files are being carefully released. In the end there will be great transparency. It is my hope to get just about everything to public!”
He followed this up with a statement that read, “After strict consultation with General Kelly, the CIA and other Agencies, I will be releasing ALL JFK files other than the names and addresses of any mentioned person who is still living. I am doing this for reasons of full transparency and in order to put any and all conspiracy theories to rest.”
What he fails to mention is that the documents had been scheduled for release 25 years ago by the National Archives in compliance with a 1992 law.
Now, if he’d just ensure full transparency and release the Russia files.