According to the report, the U.S. Government, with (unstated) IC support, in late 2009 began dispatching Venezuelan, Costa Rican, and Peruvian young people to Cuba to stir up trouble for Castro. Some posed as tourists, others as health care personnel, some of whom used an HIV prevention program as cover. But their mission, to “identify potential social-change actors,” never stood any chance of success.
What tough and realistic training did our operatives receive to fend off hard-charging Cuban CI before they were sent into the lion’s den? None. As the AP explains, “One said he got a paltry, 30-minute seminar on how to evade Cuban intelligence, and there appeared to be no safety net for the inexperienced workers if they were caught.” In other words: sayonara, sucker.
The emphasis is mine. I call your attention to it because I don’t like that idea one bit. I know being a spy in an enemy country is inherently risky, but abandoning people to their fate is something that doesn’t sit well with me.
Ultimately, it’s the CIA’s loss because I have some mad Russian skillz over here, you know? But in all seriousness, there’s a special place in Hell for whomever made the decision not to at least train those agents properly.