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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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Take an immersive dive below the waves off the Welsh coast using 360 VR: Catsharks (Watch Video)

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A week-long series from Jake Davies…

Below the waves off the Welsh coast, there are a range of species and habitats that can be seen. However, you don’t have to venture too far from the shore to see them or don’t have to leave the comfort of your home. Using 360 videos provides an immersive feeling of being below the water and encountering many species and habitats from diving one of the most important habitats and species that aren’t often seen whilst diving. For more of an experience of being below the waves, the VR videos can be viewed using a VR headset.

Take a VR dive with two of the over 35 shark species that are found along the Welsh coast. The lesser spotted catshark (Scyliorhinus canicula) is one of the most common shark species found around the UK coast, swimming alongside the lesser spotted catshark is its larger cousin the Bullhuss (Scyliorhinus stellaris) also known as the Nursehound.


Follow Jake aka JD Scuba on the YouTube channel @Don’t Think Just Blog.

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Volivoli Beach Resort announce DIVE21 promotion

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Not only is Fiji an obvious choice for worldwide diving friends and divers in the know, easy to get to, safe, incredible diving and hospitality and of course home to some of the friendliest people on the planet Volivoli are currently running a 5, 7 and 10- night DIVE21 promotion with low deposits and long flexible travel dates.

To take advantage of this super hot DIVE21 promotion you need to book your trip by 31st July 2021 to dive Fiji’s # 1 Dive Region with Fiji’s Premier Dive Resort. With flexible travel dates through to 31st March 2023 and deposits from as low as FJ$100 per person and even less per group (10+) it really is an easy option.

But Wait… There is more…

On top of their SUPER HOT DIVE21 SPECIAL, and thanks to their good friends at Mares each new booking received prior to 31st July 2021 with flexible travel dates till 31st March 2023 will also automatically go into the draw to win a Mares Smart computer valued at US$395.00.

BUT THAT’S NOT ALL, THERE’S EVEN MORE

On top of that SUPER HOT DIVE21 SPECIAL, and thanks to their good friends at Sharkskin each new booking received prior to 31st July 2021 with flexible travel dates till 31st March 2023 will automatically go into the draw to win a Sharkskin Titanium Chillproof top valued at US$215.00

For more information visit the Volivoli website by clicking here.

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