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Philip Agee, 1932-2008 (KGB Codename: PONT) & the Tradition Continues

The CI Centre in Virginia reminds folks that notorious CIA defector Philip Agee passed away on 7 January 2008 in Havana, Cuba but that many media stories neglected to mention he was a spy for the Cuban intelligence service, working with the KGB. In the highly recommended book, “The Sword and the Shield:The Mitrokhin Archive and the Secret History of the KGB” by authors Christopher Andrew and KGB archivist Vasili Mitrokhin, they write, “The KGB’s most valuable asset in its active measures to discredit the Agency was an embittered former CIA Operations Officer in Latin America, Philip Agee (codenamed PONT).”  There is a good post on this matter at the CI Centre website.

In a related item published in the Miami Herald, “Cuba has extended its intelligence-gathering capabilities beyond the United States and Latin America to places where vital U.S. interests are at stake — like Iran, Turkey, India and Pakistan — a former top U.S. counterintelligence official told lawmakers Thursday.” 

As you will read in that article, the former Defense Intelligence Agency analyst reminds us all that some things never change with the Cuban Communist Party and its antipathy toward the U.S.,  capitalism, freedom, and democracy.   During the Cold War the CCP sided with the Soviets, now it sides with the agents of terror and those that support them.  

Cuba earned its slot as a State Sponsor of Terrorism in 1982 and, no matter what supporters of engagement with Cuba may say in this town, nothing has changed since.  And with recent remarks by Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez about the role of the FARC-People’s Army, Cuba may be joined by its satellite on that list some day soon. 

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