Friday, August 01, 2008

Intelligence agent validates de la Cova's assertion about Herald Editorial Contributor

Some time ago I published an email from Latino Studies professor Antonio de la Cova Ph.D. to the Herald's editor in which he quoted from what he claimed to be an FBI debriefing of a Cuban intelligence defector. The defector denounced Marifeli Perez-Stable, now a professor in her own right, as being a Cuban agent. Dr. Perez-Stable is also presently an editorial contributor for the Herald and that's the reason de la Cova was bringing it to the paper's attention.

The Herald refused to investigate the story and Dr. Perez-Stable had an attorney send me a lawyer letter asking me to remove the post and apologize. I did neither. I offered Dr. Perez-Stable equal space to respond. She never replied, either personally or through her lawyer, ACLU attorney John de Leon.

Well, at Babalu blog (another blog that I edit) Humberto Fontova says that on local TV Thursday night "Liet. [sic] Col. Christopher Simmons, a Cuban counterintelligence officer for the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency, revealed that Marifeli Perez-Stable has been under watch for years by his agency because she is an agent for Castro's Stalinist regime."

I did not see the broadcast despite the fact that I usually do because I am traveling.


Here's video of Simmons on local television. At the the end of this clip (about the 10:20 mark) Simmons mentions Dr. Perez-Stable by name. In the second clip he discusses Perez-Mendez (the Cuban defector who denounced Perez-Stable back in the early 80s).


Wondering said...

Gee, I wonder what Herald brass will say now, assuming they actually address the matter.

I can just hear it: "Exile hysteria! Witch hunt! McCarthyism!" or something to that effect.

Of course, maybe I'm wrong. Maybe they'll treat it like Oscar Corral's prostitution bust: microscopic coverage that can only be found using a magnifying glass and a flashlight.

wondering 2 said...

Herald Watch is probably better informed on the specific details, so is it really true what I've heard, that although the Herald report on the Corral bust quoted him saying he was innocent, he later pleaded guilty to the charge in court and the Herald never reported that?

wondering 3 said...

This TV show aired on July 31, the same day that the Herald ran a column by this person. It's been several days since then, and as far as I can tell, the Herald has not said a word on this matter. I expect that neither has FIU, where she's employed as a professor.

The fact she's been openly fingered by a U.S. government intelligence officer who played a key role in exposing Ana Belen Montes, a very high ranking spy for Cuba at the Pentagon, should obviously be taken very seriously.

What the hell is the Herald waiting for? Don't they realize how extremely bad this looks? Or do they think that Cuban-Americans in South Florida are really Swedes with a tan?

Uh said...

Uh, well, I'm sure there's a reason why the Herald has been so, uh, understanding. She's probably given them her word of, uh, honor that she's pure as snow. And maybe they even got a signed note from Castro (I or II) saying she's clean. Obviously, that would suffice, no?