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Newly released docs reveal US government reached out to the Mafia for help in killing Fidel Castro

According to new documents, the US engaged in a contract with Mafia members to assassinate Cuban dictator Fidel Castro in Cuba.

President Joe Biden disclosed 1,500 pages of documents related to the assassination of former President John F. Kennedy. Many of the records aren’t directly related to JFK’s assassination, but they do have a lot to do with the FBI and CIA’s investigations into any known criminals or suspected Kennedy adversaries in or around Dallas, Texas.

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The report also includes details from sources dealing with topics relating to the former Soviet Union and Cuba.

According to CNN’s Tim Naftali, the most significant revelation is that the US contacted Mafia contacts to assist in a conspiracy to assassinate Castro. While many conspiracy theories about the JFK shootings include Cuba and the Mafia, the documents demonstrate that the government looked into the possibility.

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The strategy was hatched with medicines that were sent to Cuba specifically for the purpose. The Mafia was suggested as an option because, in 1961, they owned a casino in Havana that could have been employed to complete the task.

Castro was born in Birán, a small village in eastern Cuba, on August 13, 1926. His father was a wealthy Spanish sugarcane grower who arrived in Cuba during the Cuban Revolution (1895-1898). His mother was a domestic servant for his father’s family, and he was born out of wedlock to his father’s family. Castro enrolled as a law student at the University of Havana after attending a couple of Jesuit schools, notably the Colegio de Belén, where he excelled at baseball. He grew involved in politics while there, joining the anti-corruption Orthodox Party and signing up for a failed coup attempt against the harsh dictator Rafael Trujillo of the Dominican Republic.

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Castro graduated from the University of Havana in 1950 and founded a legal firm. He sought for election to the Cuban House of Representatives two years later. The election, however, was never held since Batista seized power in March of that year. Castro’s response was to plot a popular revolt. “I had a strong understanding of the struggle ahead from that moment on,” he remarked in a 2006 “spoken autobiography.”

In late 1961, Castro declared himself a Marxist-Leninist. Cuba, which had been isolated by the United States, was growing increasingly reliant on the Soviet Union for economic and military assistance. Nuclear missiles had been stationed there, just 90 miles from Florida, when the US discovered them in October 1962, sparking concerns of a third World War. After a 13-day standoff, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev agreed to withdraw the nuclear weapons, despite Castro’s requests, who had been excluded from the talks. In exchange, US President John F. Kennedy agreed publicly not to invade Cuba again and discreetly to remove American nuclear weapons from Turkey.

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After assuming power, Castro abolished legal discrimination, supplied rural electrification, guaranteed full employment, and advanced the causes of education and health care, in part by constructing new schools and medical facilities. He did, however, shut down opposition newspapers, imprison thousands of political opponents, and refuse to hold elections. He also set limits on how much land a person might possess, outlawed private enterprise, and ruled over housing and consumer goods shortages. Hundreds of thousands of Cubans, including a large number of professionals and technicians, departed the country, many of them for the United States, due to the lack of political and economic possibilities.

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