Published Tuesday, December 30, 1997, in the Yara News
CASTRO SAID TO BE USING CANCER
INSTIGATING WEAPONS OF WARFARE
by Jonathan T. Stride
MIAMI - Many Cuban exiles and a few others fluent in Spanish spent
holidays discussing biological warfare weapons being used by Fidel Castro
his lifelong war on his enemies-friends of "Yankee imperialism."
if army officials inside Cuba can be believed, the Commander in Chief
has had part of his lung removed to slow down the pace of a death-dealing
biological agent which has metasticized.
Under such circumstances, of obvious significance is the fresh
that Ricardo Alarcon, one of Castro's trusted younger aides, has announced
that, if elected, he would be willing to serve as the next president of
A few years ago, such remarks would have resulted in his arrest but now
merely signal that Communist Party leaders are planning for the aftermath
years of the destruction of a once prosperous economy and the brainwashing
once much freer nation.
Within a few weeks, the Castro-Communist-monopoly party will hold
election, and it may well follow the death--or retirement to a bed--of the
self-sainted caudillo who avoids use of a caudillo's military dress cap
the plague. (Only during the early years did anyone catch Castro wearing
officer's cap like those used by the preceding dictator, Fulgencio
The smoke of rumors is flying so thick and fast from Miami to
and back that observers believe it must indicate the fire of reality in
Castro has been preparing germ warfare for years and may well have been
applying it for years.
A few people know about the "little factory" (La Fabriquita), the
biological warfare weapons plant in East Havana--discussed in the
INQUIRER Aug 11, 1997, mentioned in EL NUEVO HERALD, Spanish language
published by the MIAMI HERALD, and described in some detail on the
earlier this year.
Now they learn from Carlos Alberto Montaner, a prominent writer in
Spain, of other major biological weapons factories in another part of
the Siboney sector, near Miramar, where Cuban presidents used to live.
They also noted a menacing letter to the editor of DIARIO LAS
Miami's No. 2 Spanish language daily, on December 11, which, as roughly
"If somehow I can be useful, I wish to point out that I was a
a communist party in South America.
"I wish to make it known that in the laboratories of the Communist
Republic of China, Chinese scientists have created a deadly formula, the
color of water and
which has neither chlorine nor other flavor, and which if ingested will,
about six months, cause a disease which may linger from two to
years before it kills. That disease is an incurable cancer.
"I want to warn those who head anticommunist organizations to
holding banquets and if they must go some place to speak, please drink
bottled water and know from whose hand it came to you. This (liquid) is
weapon that is being used by the Castro dictatorship against its
"Attentively, Lucero Marte, New York, NY"
Even before the arrival of that letter, reports were flitting
Miami that Jorge Mas Canosa, the hardworking 53-year-old businessman and
exile leader (see Dec. ___ issue of the WASHINGTON INQUIRER) was killed
winter by a cancer induced by Castro agents. The rumor also says several
leaders in his Cuban American National Foundation, pro-freedom group he
founded, have learned they have incurable cancer.
A related rumor circulating says the 1997 World Series star
the Florida Marlins, Livan Hernandez, a Cuban defector, and his mother who
allowed to visit him, never ingest food or water presented to them away
from home. The
rumor says they fear they will be poisoned by Castro agents.
Somewhat easing such fears is the fact that few people here who
seen Castro recently on television--with a gaunt face, strange grimaces,
occasional difficulty getting out his words--believe he will survive his
cancer very long. They only hope his end happens before he can unleash
biological weapons en masse, and they say they keep their fingers crossed.
They realize that Fidel, 72, has designated his younger
66, as his successor. They know Raul has just toured China to get ideas
help him in his leadership with economic decisions to be made by the
Party's Central Committee.
With the one-party-monopoly election due in Cuba next month, observers
expect Raul will get the backing proposed by Fidel, since the cards for 39
years have been stacked the way Fidel has wanted.
Spanish-speaking Miamians also have heard radio reports from Col.
Alvaro Prendes (ret.), Cuban dissident who was given political refuge in
that Raul has a long history of alcoholism and probably has cirrhosis of
liver, a prelude to eventual cancer if he lives long enough.
Raul also is known as even more of a cold-blooded killer
than his older
brother; so nobody expects him to ease up on the dictatorship controls.
nobody believes Raul is a Gorbachev who would foster an economic opening.
he also is known as a pragmatist who might make a deal with President
quicker than Fidel.
Augmenting the rumors are reports of untold numbers of bottles
up along the East Coast over recent years. The bottles contained stamped
for mailing to Cuba. The cards said the bottles were part of a scientific
experiment and asked finders to write down the exact time and location of
finding and send them to a government agency in Cuba.
The current expansion of that report holds that some of the
were found by or given to the U.S. Coast Guard, and that the bottles are
of a Castro plan to disseminate diseases such as Anthrax along the U.S.
A Coast Guard spokesman said he had not heard of it through official
but heard of it on a recent local television broadcast here.
Meanwhile, former ace Cuban pilot Prendes, who was released from
Batista's prison and assigned by Castro to organize his first air corps in
1959, recalls here that after it became known in Cuba in the 1990's that
dared defy Castro, he became ill and had to be hospitalized. Thereupon he
three heart attacks, which he miraculously survived. He said he never had
known to have heart trouble before.
In the hospital, Dr. Rodrigo Alvares Cambra and others proposed a
by-pass procedure, but another Cuban physician warned Prendes
that by all means he should avoid an operation, because he would not be
to leave alive. Prendes, having known Castro well for many years, took
the warning seriously and was happy later to receive U.S. protection that
enabled him finally to leave Cuba in
Prendes continues to be very careful about where and what he eats
drinks and tries always to be prepared to counter any surprise attack. He
the WASHINGTON INQUIRER that he has unpublished details about the murder
Miami of Manolito Ramirez and his wife a couple years ago as they left a
Spanish-language radio station in Coral Gables. Their one or more killers
25 bullets into each, not a common type of assassination here. Prendes
said Ramirez had mysteriously and suddenly grown rich after having been
close to Patricio and Antonio de la Guardia, two of the Cuban army
officials found guilty of drug smuggling in the highly publicized court
martial involving General Arnoldo Ochoa in 1989. Antonio de la Guardia
consequently was shot to
death by a Cuban firing squad and his brother Patricio remains in a Cuban
cell which hardly anybody expects him to leave alive.
Prendes says Ramirez once was a highly trusted member of the
troops caring for Castro and had been very close to the de la Guardia
in drug smuggling activities when their activities were protected by
Castro. There were reports that the brothers somehow had managed to get a
batch of money to Ramirez before he escaped to Miami.
The couple's murderers, who were sent by Castro, Prendes
never been found. "This city is fully of Castro agents," Prendes says,
the paranoid schizophrenic running Cuba is cable of anything!" He has no
doubt that Castro
has biological weapons that can cause cancer.
Columnist Montaner, writing from Spain, finds it "very probable"
not only Mas Canosa but Sebastian Arcos Bergnes and others were killed by
lethal diseases caused by Fidel Castro.
Arcos, one of the relatively recent batch of heroes of the Cuban
resistance under Castro's control, died here last month after being
leave Cuba only when his cancer reached an irreversible stage.
Castro, say both Prendes and Montaner, just as much as his chum,
Hussein of Iraq, has a great quantity of deadly viruses and bacteria which
be used against the enemy. The two dictators are close friends. Saddam
has sent Castro several missiles, one of which has been disarmed and made
a statue in Cuba. And Castro sent Dr. Alvares Cambra, an orthopedic
Iraq to perform an operation on Saddam. That's why Dr. Alvares' Havana
filled with expensive Iraqi furniture.
Montaner writes that the Castro jailers love to torture their
and often tell another of the heroic resisters in prison for political
"crimes," Leonel Morejon Almargo, "We are going to put you in Sebastian's
so you, too, can get cancer."
When Arcos first became ill, his jailers' doctor told him the
was nothing but bone fatigue. The pains he suffered gradually grew worse.
Then Castro decided Arcos was beyond the possibility of cure but did not
him as a martyr inside prison. So Arcos was allowed to come to Miami to
final respects from his family and admirers before the cancer took
Montaner writes that 19 years ago, a young Cuban biologist--called
"David" by Montaner--asked for asylum after his escape from the Barajas,
airport, on a flight from Sofia, Bulgaria, to Cuba. The next day, David
approached Spanish police and told his story, which was relayed to
correspondents, including Montaner. He obtained permission to interview
David told Montaner that in Sofia, he learned how the
Communists induced cancer among adversaries they wished to destroy with
little notice as possible. He said they called it "the Bulgarian
The simplest way was to plant a radioactive isotope in the
which an enemy regjularly sat, or in an often-worn jacket, or in a sofa
cushion, or even in an automobile seat. After a few months, there was a
likelihood that a cancerous growth would be under way with fatal results.
Montaner said most hospitals have such radioactive
isotopes which they
ordinarily use to combat certain types of cancer. These isotopes consist
tiny metal fibers easily concealed.
"The ideal way to cause a cancer is to plant the isotope and then
the scene so as to be far away when the cancer is discovered," David told
Montaner asked if David had ever carried out such as deadly task.
The youth told Montaner, "No, but I have thought of doing it if I
not allowed to defect."
"To some dissident?" Montaner asked, somewhat alarmed.
"No," the young biologist told him with a seriousness Montaner
absolutely convincing, "I thought of using it on my mother-in-law, a
`hispanic soviet' (hispanosovietica) who destroyed my marriage."
Fortunately, Montaner said, "David met a splendid Spanish lass,
soon married. Today he lives in the United States totally removed from
ignoble `profession' that he learned from the Bulgarians."
Montaner said that today in Siboney are two "supersecret"
each with decontamination chambers, in the Genetic Engineering and
Biotechnology Center. Among other things, they produce aflotoxin, which
breathed can induce lung cancer, and a variety of other biological and
weapons, similar to those apparently being concealed in Saddam's
Then Montaner added another rumor. He said he has heard of a
ornothologist who is studying and experimenting with birds that fly
Cuba and Florida. The experiments are being used to determine the
effectiveness of birds in the spread of disease to people. At some time
the migrating ducks and geese may be used to spread lethal bacteria,
speculated, possibly wondering if the dangerous new "bird flu" in Hong
begun by Red Chinese biologists.
Montaner recalls some Castro allies or adversaries who died in unusual
circumstances: Commander Aldo Vera, shot to death in a Puerto Rican
Jose Elias de la Torriente, shot in Miami; Manuel Artime, found dead 38
ago with his lungs mysteriously destroyed; Rafael Garcia, disappeared at
41, years ago. Prendes also adds the name of Rolando Mas Ferrer, killed by
car bomb in Miami.