Defend Truth

Castro’s sister was CIA; guess whose book is going to sell like hotcakes

The memoirs of Juanita Castro, sister of former Cuban leader Fidel and of current one Raul, could have been another one of those mildly interesting books read mostly by political scientists. Then, the day before the book was released, she admitted in a television interview that she had been an agent of the CIA. Cue ringing cash registers. The book is entitled "Fidel and Raul, My Brothers: The Secret History", and from reports the central secret seems to be that she worked as a spy between 1961 and 1964, at which point she fled the country after the agency tipped her off about an impending investigation. During that time she smuggled in messages and provided information related to the Cuban Missile Crisis, among other things. Other tantalising titbits include her recruitment by the wife of the Brazilian ambassador to Cuba and her claim that she refused to help in any attempted assassination of Fidel, despite working with the people who tried to kill him hundreds of times. Read more: CNN, Voice of America


Please peer review 3 community comments before your comment can be posted

A South African Hero: You

There’s a 99.7% chance that this isn’t for you. Only 0.3% of our readers have responded to this call for action.

Those 0.3% of our readers are our hidden heroes, who are fuelling our work and impacting the lives of every South African in doing so. They’re the people who contribute to keep Daily Maverick free for all, including you.

The equation is quite simple: the more members we have, the more reporting and investigations we can do, and the greater the impact on the country.

Be part of that 0.3%. Be a Maverick. Be a Maverick Insider.

Support Daily Maverick→
Payment options

MavericKids vol 3

How can a child learn to read if they don't have a book?

81% of South African children aged 10 can't read for meaning. You can help by pre-ordering a copy of MavericKids.

For every copy sold we will donate a copy to Gift of The Givers for children in need of reading support.