- The Washington Times - Sunday, June 22, 2003

Serving the revolution

Jorge Masetti, who until defecting in 1990 was a Cuban secret agent, said Cuban diplomats never meet with anyone nor socialize with any American without making an effort to compromise or use them for the Cuban revolution.

“Every contact we ever made, we were looking for an operational interest,” he said.

Mr. Masetti, who is here to promote his book, “The Pirate’s Den: My Life as a Secret Agent for Castro,” told a group of House and Senate staff members at a Center for a Free Cuba lunch at La Brasserie last week that Cuban government officials do not invite Americans for dinner, lunch or salsa dancing in Adams Morgan unless they think they can be used to push the Cuban government’s agenda.

“Most Americans would be very surprised about how many Americans [the Cuban government] has files on,” Mr. Masetti said.

He said that using “socialist recruitment methodology,” every contact should be “compromised” for sexual or other blackmail, our correspondent Tom Carter reports.

“The ideal is to bring all cases to the political or ideological level” so they will betray the United States as true believers in the Cuban Revolution, he said.

Diplomatic traffic

Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:

Today

• Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, who meets President Bush tomorrow. On Wednesday, he addresses the United States Institute of Peace. He holds a 4 p.m. news conference Thursday at the National Press Club.

• Slovenian Defense Minister Janez Kavar, who attends the annual National and Armed Forces Day celebration at the Slovenian Embassy.

• Bulgarian Finance Minister Milen Velchev, who meets administration officials and defense industry representatives.

• Bill Drozdiak, executive director of the German Marshall Fund’s trans-Atlantic center in Brussels. He participates in a forum at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

Tomorrow

• King Mswati III of Swaziland; Presidents Jose Eduardo Dos Santos of Angola, Festus Mogae of Botswana, Teodoro Nguema Mbasogo Obiang of Equatorial Guinea, Yahya Jammeh of Gambia, Bakili Muluzi of Malawi, Amadou Toumani Toure of Mali, Joaquim Chissano of Mozambique, Fradique De Menezes of Sao Tome and Principe, Abdoulaye Wade of Senegal and Levy Mwanawasa of Zambia; and Prime Ministers Peter Mafany Musonge of Cameroon, Lamine Sidime of Guinea, Sir Anerood Jugnauth of Mauritius and Apollo Nsibambi of Uganda. They are expected to attend the annual U.S.-Africa Business Summit.

• Panamanian President Mireya Moscoso, who meets National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice. She meets President Bush on Thursday.

• Junko Kato and Shinichi Kitaoka of the University of Tokyo, who address the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Wednesday

• President Amadou Toumani Toure of Mali and Frank McEveety, Scotland’s minister for tourism, culture and sports. They participate in the opening ceremonies for the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, which features Mali and Scotland.

• A European Union delegation that includes European Commission President Romano Prodi and Vice President Loyola de Palacio, Greek Prime Minister Costas Simitis and Foreign Minister George Papandreou; Javier Solano, high commissioner for foreign policy; and Trade Commissioner Pascal Lavy. They will attend the annual EU-U.S. summit with President Bush.

• An Egyptian delegation that includes: Foreign Trade Minister Youssef Boutros Ghali; Ahmed Nazif, minister of technology and information technology; Gamal Mubarak, head of the policy committee of the ruling National Democratic Party; and Osama El-Baz, senior adviser to President Hosni Mubarak. They will meet administration officials and members of Congress and will address several think tanks.

• Bangladeshi Agriculture Minister M.K. Anwar, who meets officials at the World Bank, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

• Ake J. Ek, Boris I. Berglund and Jutta Andersson, representing Swedish veterans of the Korean War at a ceremony will receive the U.S. Army’s Meritorious Unit Commendation.

• Milinda Moragoda, Sri Lanka’s a negotiator with Tamil rebels, who meets with the International Republican Institute.

Call Embassy Row at 202/636-3297, fax 202/832-7278 or e-mail jmorrison@washingtontimes.com.

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