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The CIA tried to kill Fidel Castro by lacing his wetsuit with tuberculosis

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The US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) once considered assassinating Fidel Castro by giving him a wetsuit contaminated with Madura foot fungus and tuberculosis bacteria, according to new documents released by the US National Security Archive.

According to the documents, the plan to kill the former Cuban leader was to be carried out unwittingly by American lawyer, Naval officer and political negotiator James Donovan, who was recently portrayed by Tom Hanks in the Oscar-nominated movie “Bridge of Spies”.

Donovan conducted the first ever secret negotiations with Castro for the freedom of more than 1100 imprisoned members of the CIA-backed Bay of Pigs invasion force, as well as the release of some two dozen U.S. citizens imprisoned in Cuba for counterrevolutionary crimes, including three members of the CIA’s Technical Services Division who were caught installing listening devices in Havana.

Donovan, who was known as a “meta-diplomat” for his negotiation skills, was chosen by US President John F. Kennedy’s administration to work out a prisoner exchange deal with Castro.

However, a team of CIA operatives thought they could use Donovan’s access to Castro to assassinate him. The declassified CIA history states that “at some point during Donovan’s negotiations with Castro“ several officials in the covert operations division “devised a plan to have Donovan be the unwitting purveyor of a diving suit and breathing apparatus, respectively contaminated with Madura foot fungus and tuberculosis bacteria, as a gift for Castro.“ The plot collapsed after Donovan’s handler alerted him to secure the wetsuit he had already obtained for Castro to prevent any tampering and contamination.

During one of his last trips to Cuba in 1963, Donovan gave Castro the wetsuit and a diving watch, as a confidence builder.

“If relations were to commence between the U.S. and Cuba,“ Fidel asked, “how would it come about and what would be involved?“

According to a CIA transcript of his debriefing, Donovan responded:

“Now, do you know how porcupines make love? Well, the answer is, ‘very carefully,’ and that is how you and the U.S. would have to get into this. I think an accommodation of views could be worked out.“

And now, more than half a century later, President Obama and President Raul Castro have finally worked out that “accommodation of views.“

Sources: www.nsarchive.gwu.eduwww.presstv.ir

 

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Breaking News: Garmin Descent Mk2 & Mk2i Launch & Review (Watch Video)

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After over 12 months of rumours and speculation, the team at Garmin have finally launched the Garmin Descent Mk2 and Mk2i.

Garmin has gone all out with these, and with the Mk2i having the latest technology in air integration it looks to absolutely be the one to beat!
Why I hear you ask?? Well, they’ve incorporated their Sonar technology into the equation and called it ‘SUBWAVE’ – this will deliver an incredible transmission range of 5-8m..!
How does it work? Well, you’ll need to watch the video to find out!
The dive features are based on the Descent Mk1, while the fitness and life management aspects are based on the incredible Garmin Fenix 6.

With a larger viewable screen, bigger internal memory, and all the latest features including Garmin Pay this promises to be an absolute game changer!

Find out more at www.garmin.com


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Northern Diver give you the deals you’d be getting at the Dive Show!

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Northern Diver know how much their customers look forward to the Dive Show every year and the great offers that can be found there, so they have decided to run some of their favourites until the end of October so that people can still experience that Dive Show bargain feeling!

Key Special Offers

Heated Vest – was £89 now £79 with free rash vest

Provide heat to give complete warmth to the body when working in cold conditions.The Northern Diver ‘Electracore’ heated vest has been designed and manufactured with your comfort and warmth in mind. The three heat settings allow you to pick a temperature that suits you and if it happens that you want to raise or lower the temperature, the switch has been positioned in an easy to reach position to the left of your midriff – ensuring that even when you’re wearing your suit, the button remains easy to access.

Varilux LD Max – was £169 now £149

This sleek new addition to the Varilux range is a great choice for a primary dive light. The anodised aluminium body provides a tough exterior and the matt black finish makes the Varilux LD Max stand out from the rest of the range.

Guardian BCD – was £320 now £269

The latest Guardian has an incredible 1680/1000 denier nylon build. There’s thirteen D rings on the BCD, nine of which are stainless steel. There’s also two clips either side of the jacket, two generous zipped pockets and four air dumping methods. The jacket’s two integrated quick-release weight pockets and two rear trim weight pockets give a wide range of weight options.

The Guardian has all-new features and extras: our ergonomically designed power inflator system, Moulded Protection Plate, sliders for vertical adjustment of the chest strap, a removable reflective pocket for our Flexi-Light (light stick not included), and a removable bungee cord with a split ring attachment point.

For more great offers visit the Northern Diver website by clicking here.
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