October 25th, 2008
The New York Times documented back in 1977 how Communist Cuba
influenced members of the anti-war Students for a Democrat Society
into forming the American terrorist group Weather Underground, and
then helped them conduct covert activities via its Embassies in New
York and Cuba.
Quoting a then-newly released report from the FBI, The Times writes
that North Vietnamese and Cuban officials began influencing S.D.S.
members in extreme antiwar strategy through foreign meetings held in
Communist countries, including Hungary, Czechoslovakia and North
Vietnam. The North Vietnamese, according to S.D.S. literature of the
time, had suggested that the antiwar movement needed not just
intellectual protesters but also physically rugged recruits.
The conduit for contact in the United States was a group of
intelligence agents assigned to the staff of the Cuban Mission to the
United Nations in New York. These agents arranged for American youths
to be inculcated with revolutionary fervor and, occasionally, to be
trained in practical weaponry by Cuban military officers through the
so-called Venceremos Brigades.
After the Weathermen went "underground" in 1970 and many of them were
being sought by the F.B.I. on criminal charges, Cuban intelligence
officers were in touch with them from both the New York mission and
the Cuban Embassy in Canada.
Cuban officials helped several Weather Underground adherents who
feared arrest in the United States to travel to Prague,
Czechoslovakia, and then to reenter the United Slates surreptitiously.
Four Weathermen who had been in Cuba with the Venceremos Brigades
were sent back to the United States through Czechoslovakia rather
than through Canada with other brigade members to lessen their
chances of being arrested by American authorities. The four wanted to
get back to the United States safely after the explosion of a house
in Greenwich Village killed two members of the Weather group, Dianna
Oughton and Ted Gold, and the Cubans "obliged" them by making the
European travel arrangements, an FBI report quoted by the New York
Times, said. The report did not say if one of the four smuggled in
via Czechoslovakia was Bill Ayers.
"In February 1970, leading WUO member Bill Ayers told fellow
underground WUO member Larry Grathwohl that if communication could
not be made through these Canadian numbers, an individual should get
in touch with the Cuban Embassy in Canada in order to establish
contact with other members of the WUO," the report said.
"To do this an individual should use the code name 'Delgado' when
referring to himself and the person with whom he desired to make
contact," it said.